campanile

Pronounced: kam-puh-NEE-lee (alternative kam-puh-NEEL)

Notes: I don’t know how well this word is known


Yesterday’s word

The word isonomy means “the equality of political rights”

First usage

This word came into English in the late 1500s

Background / Comments

The word comes from the Greek word isonomia, which comes from iso- (equal; same) and nomia (law). I recognized both base parts (iso and nomos), but that wasn’t quite enough to properly define the word: it shows how a word can take on a meaning that is not quite the same as the sum of its roots.

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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