Only etymology


English word only comes from Old English ānlīċ

Etymology of only

Detailed word origin of only

Dictionary entry Language Definition
ānlīċ Old English (ang)
anely Middle English (enm)
only English (en) (obsolete) Mere.. Alone in a category.. Singularly superior; the best.. Without sibling; without a sibling of the same gender. (obsolete) Above all others; particularly.. As recently as.. No more than; just.. Without others or anything further; exclusively. An only child. But; except.. Under the condition that; but.