Definition of terminology in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌtərməˈnäləjē/

noun (plural terminologies)

The body of terms used with a particular technical application in a subject of study, theory, profession, etc. the terminology of semiotics specialized terminologies for higher education
More example sentences
  • Tea terminology is a matter of concern to tea drinkers and also to cooks who are using tea as a flavouring.
  • Students were required to perform individual self study of medical terminology.
  • Consumers may well be confused by the technical terminology surrounding lighting.
phraseology, terms, expressions, words, language, lexicon, parlance, vocabulary, wording, nomenclature;
usage, idiom;
informal lingo, -speak, -ese



Pronunciation: /ˌtərmənəˈläjək(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Amid all this terminological disputation, it is important, though not always easy, to keep in mind the real-world consequences of these ideas.
  • My argument is a terminological one, not in order to have tidy semantics, but because words can govern other behaviors.
  • The current debate has sometimes gone beyond terminological quibbles.


Pronunciation: /ˌtərmənəˈläjək(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • The point is that the holders of the opposite position have nowhere to go terminologically.
  • This survey of the parties' functions indicates the need to be terminologically precise in discussing their strengths and weaknesses.
  • We figure the last one is terminologically OK, but ominous.


Pronunciation: /ˌtərməˈnäləjəst/
Example sentences
  • The tasks of terminologists vary from updating single term records to projects on certain subject fields.
  • The terminologist drafts definitions and recommends the adoption of new terms for standardization purposes.
  • In other words, you need to standardize your IT terminology, and you hire terminologists to do that for you.


Early 19th century: from German Terminologie, from medieval Latin terminus 'term'.

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