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23 Best Etymology Books of All Time


Our goal: Build the most accurate list of best Etymology books.

How we picked these:
1. Search for "best Etymology books" and study the top 4 articles.
2. Add only the top books (mentioned 2+ times).
3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
(This process takes a long time, but we do the research so you don't have to!)

(Updated 2022)

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  1. 2

    The Lost Words

    Robert Macfarlane

    Appears in 3 articles
  2. 3
    Appears in 3 articles
  3. 8
    Appears in 2 articles
  4. 9
    Appears in 2 articles
  5. 11

    The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language

    Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries

    Appears in 2 articles
  6. 13
    Appears in 2 articles
  7. 14

    Word Origins

    John Ayto

    Appears in 2 articles
  8. 15

    Frindle

    Andrew Clements

    Appears in 2 articles
  9. 17
    Appears in 2 articles
  10. 19
    Appears in 2 articles
  11. 20
    Appears in 2 articles
  12. 21
    Appears in 2 articles
  13. 23

    Wheelock's Latin

    Frederic M. Wheelock

    Appears in 2 articles

FAQ

  • How was this list created?

    We searched for "best Etymology books", found the top 5 articles, took every book mentioned in 2+ articles, and averaged their rankings.

  • How many books are in this list?

    There are 23 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this list?

    We wanted to gather the most accurate list of Etymology books on the internet.

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