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What are etymologies and how to find them

An etymology is an account of the history of a word. They appear in square brackets after the definition or definitions of the entry.

We have etymologies for nearly 44,000 words in the online dictionary.

You can read more about etymologies on the Decoding an entry and Structure of entries pages.

And the winning words are...

The Committee's Choice is mansplain. Honourable mentions to lifehacking, binge watching and bamboo ceiling.

The People's Choice is share plate. Runners-up are lifehacking, binge watching and selfie stick.

Check out some of the media coverage below, head to our news page to tell us what you think, or visit the Word of the Year page to read more.

The secret to picking the word of the year | ABC Radio National

“Mansplain” Was Just Announced As Macquarie Dictionary’s Word Of The Year | Junkee

Mansplain chosen as Macquarie Dictionary's 2014 word of the year | ABC News

Mansplain is Australian word of the year | The Guardian

Macquarie Dictionary words of the year: 'mansplain' and 'share plate' | Sydney Morning Herald


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The body cavity of a coelenterate.


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