https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YuriZoria

Romanian etymological dictionary online?

I have never learned any Romance language before (only some Latin itself). Now I've started the course and I can see many obviously Latin words in Romanian, pretty many Slavic words (I'm a Ukrainian native), but origins of some words are not that clear (Turkish? Hungarian? Still Latin but changed much more throughout the language history? etc).

Does anybody know any decent Romanian etymological dictionary available online? It would be great to check the origins of some new words. Thanks.

June 4, 2019

11 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndreiVChirila

https://dexonline.ro/

The website is in Romanian, sorry! But it's pretty good, it gives you synonyms and all and at the end it goes a bit into the etymology.

"DEX" stands for "Dictionar EXplicativ", I don't think I need to translate that :) It's a dictionary that is (or at least used to be) revised every year or so and someone put it up online.

June 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YuriZoria

Thank you very much! Looks like that's what I need. (no matter that it's in Romanian, it is sometimes very understandable even for such beginners as I - "Vas de sticlă, de metal, de material plastic etc")

June 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndreiVChirila

Happy to help :)

June 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-Afina-

I don't know a dictionary for this but on the wikipedia pages (at least the English and German one) about the Romanian language is a list of influencing languages including several examples.

June 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YuriZoria

Thanks, I read them. I knew about the major influences, the Balkan Sprachbund etc before, there are several really interesting examples in the articles. But a dictionary is useful to find out something just in case when you run into a new word (googling can give better results but takes much more time).

AndreiVChirila has posted a useful link in one of the comments up here.

June 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarcosAndr213782

Yuri, "it would be great to check the origins..." * Bye, Marcos.

June 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YuriZoria

thanks, you are right, fixed.

June 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/criztu

Wiktionary is pretty good.

June 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SandraStea1

I don't know of any but maybe others will. I did find this fascinating when I started learning Romanian. I will include the link here but if you don't feel comfortable clicking on links, you can search YouTube for "Romanian: The Forgotten Romance Language" from Langfocus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xVkRh7mEe0 It's just over 16 minutes but has a lot of great info!

June 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YuriZoria

Thanks, I watched it before as many of his other videos. As for the Romanian language, I was familiar with its peculiarities and history, however, never tried to start learning it until now :)

June 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SandraStea1

I have learned French, Spanish and Italian but found Romanian different in many ways. That's why I liked the video too. It helped a lot of things make sense. Good luck finding an etymological dictionary. I love the etymology of words too and have found some interesting bits of info just by searching Google.

June 4, 2019
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