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    Etymology of 'colony'

    Is there any connection between the word 'colony' and Cristobal Colon?

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    Re: Etymology of 'colony'

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    Is there any connection between the word 'colony' and Cristobal Colon?
    If you are interested in etymology, there is a very good on-line etymology dictionary. This is the listing for "colony":

    colony - c.1384, "ancient Roman settlement outside Italy," from L. colonia "settled land, farm, landed estate," from colonus "farmer, settler in new land," from colere "to inhabit, cultivate," from PIE base *qwel- "move around." Also used by the Romans to translate Gk. apoikia "people from home." Modern application dates from 1548. Colonize is from 1622; colonial first recorded 1776, coined by British statesman Edmund Burke (1729-97). Colonialism first attested 1886.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
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    I find this one more complete when it comes to etymology. :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
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    I find this one more complete when it comes to etymology. :wink:
    It is good. i also like the Cambridge Dictionaries Online for lower level students as their answrers are concise and avoid the data deluge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
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    Advertising the opposition to dictionary.com?
    I find this one more complete when it comes to etymology. :wink:
    It is good. i also like the Cambridge Dictionaries Online for lower level students as their answrers are concise and avoid the data deluge.
    Yes, I like Cambridge also. :wink:

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