Desert etymology


English word desert comes from Latin desero, and later Latin desertum (A desert, wasteland.)

Etymology of desert

Detailed word origin of desert

Dictionary entry Language Definition
desero Latin (lat) I forsake, abandon, give up. I leave, depart, desert, quit. I let down.
desertus Latin (lat)
desertum Latin (lat) A desert, wasteland.
desert Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) Desert (desolate terrain).
desert Middle French (ca. 1400-1600) (frm) Desert (desolate terrain).
désert French (fr) Desert Deserted.
desert English (en) Abandoned, deserted, or uninhabited; usually of a place. (figuratively) Any barren place or situation.. A barren area of land or desolate terrain, especially one with little water or vegetation; a wasteland.