Definition of philology noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

philology

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈlɒlədʒi//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɑːlədʒi//
 
[uncountable]
 
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the scientific study of the development of language or of a particular language Word Origin late Middle English (in the Greek sense): current usage (late 17th cent.) from French philologie, via Latin from Greek philologia ‘love of learning’ (see philo-, -logy).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: philology