Definition of terminology in English:



  • [mass noun] The body of terms used with a particular technical application in a subject of study, theory, profession, etc.:

    ‘the terminology of semiotics’
    [count noun] ‘specialized terminologies for higher education’
    • ‘We need a distributed way, he said, to provide organizing terms and terminologies and deploy them on the Web.’
    • ‘Many aspects of museum Web sites require visitors to understand the specialized terminologies and controlled vocabularies used by museum professionals.’
    • ‘So I can illustrate those mindsets by using more familiar western terminologies and that sort of thing.’
    • ‘Tea terminology is a matter of concern to tea drinkers and also to cooks who are using tea as a flavouring.’
    • ‘Priests, teachers, doctors, politicians have their own library of phrases and terminologies that seem designed to obfuscate rather than to clarify and it's all part of a spin to deflect from the evidence.’
    • ‘Many new terminologies have evolved in recent times related to the reportage of HIV / AIDS, which are neutral, non-judgemental and positive.’
    • ‘So far, attempts to create universal terminology standards or automate the translation between different terminologies have met with limited success, Kaufman says.’
    • ‘This new terminology did not, however, replace the old terms of female and male sex hormones.’
    • ‘The two subjects have developed such completely different disciplines and terminologies that it is hard to think of them together.’
    • ‘I'd like journalists to be as creative as songwriters and come up with some new terminology.’
    • ‘I realise that the army's history and terminology is an unknown jungle to many.’
    • ‘This development is still continuing daily, as new cases are decided with different terminologies being used by counsel and the judiciary.’
    • ‘So for all you ladies out there with a need to know, here are some of football's general terminologies explained.’
    • ‘Students were required to perform individual self study of medical terminology.’
    • ‘Because our inability to make head or tail of complex financial terminology may be hitting us where it hurts most - in our pockets.’
    • ‘Consumers may well be confused by the technical terminology surrounding lighting.’
    • ‘Words and terminologies that were once accepted or unquestioned are now being changed in all languages because over a period of time these words have lost their original meaning and acquired negative connotations.’
    • ‘Such changes in medical terminology often reflect new cultural attitudes.’
    • ‘As in many other areas, both of social science and of popular discourse, there are competing terminologies and conceptual schemes in terms of which diversity and difference are described and explained.’
    • ‘Classifying business models based on these viewpoints creates confusion because the interests of individual observers vary and so do the terminologies they use.’
    phraseology, terms, expressions, words, language, parlance, vocabulary, nomenclature
    usage, idiom, choice of words
    jargon, cant, argot, patter, patois
    façon de parler
    lingo, geekspeak, -speak, vernacular
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Early 19th century: from German Terminologie, from medieval Latin terminus ‘term’.