The English Language

Borrowed Words From
Etruscan

14 Words Listed


Etruscan Language Notes

Etruscan is the extinct language of pre-Roman Italy. Very little is known about the language's origins.

These are some of the oldest borrowed words in English. Many of them came via Latin.

There are a number of calendar words, one planet and the name of Rome itself.


WordMeaningNotes
April   The fourth month of the Western calendar.
arena from 'harena', sand An area of sand where theatre and combat took place.
attrium entrance Part of a temple or church.
baron strong man  
ceremony    
cistern    
Ides   An old calendar term as in 'Ides of March'.
January from 'Janus' (the ancient Italian two faced god) The first month of the Western calendar.
mantissa   A mathematical term.
market    
military    
persona mask  
Rome   Italian city.
Saturn   The sixth planet.

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