Launch etymology


English word launch comes from Latin lanceare, Latin lanceo|lancere, Latin lancea, Latin -one(-onem|m), and later French lancer (To start, to launch. To throw (baseball) a pitch. A throw.)

Etymology of launch

Detailed word origin of launch

Dictionary entry Language Definition
lanceare Latin (lat)
lanceo|lancere Latin (lat)
lancea Latin (lat) The Roman auxiliaries' short javelin; a light spear or lance.
-one(-onem|m) Latin (lat)
lance French (fr) (military) a soldier armed with a lance; a lancer. A hose. A spear, lance.
lanceo Latin (lat) (Late Latin, Ecclesiastical Latin, intransitive) I wield or handle a lance. (Medieval Latin, transitive, construed with accusative of object) I launch or shoot (especially something akin to a javelin or spear). (Medieval Latin, transitive, construed with accusative of person) I pierce (someone) through with a pike, sword, dagger, vel sim.
lanceāre Late Latin (LL)
lancer French (fr) To start, to launch. To throw (baseball) a pitch. A throw.
lancier Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
launchen Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
launch English (en) (intransitive, often with out) To move with force and swiftness like a sliding from the stocks into the water; to plunge; to make a beginning.. (transitive) To cause to move or slide from the land into the water; to set afloat.. (transitive) To send out; to start (one) on a career; to set going; to give a start to (something); to put in operation.. (transitive) To throw, as a lance or dart; [...]