Respect etymology


English word respect comes from Latin respicio, and later Old French (842-ca. 1400) respit (Rest (physical rest).)

Etymology of respect

Detailed word origin of respect

Dictionary entry Language Definition
respicio Latin (lat) I have regard for, consider; respect.. I look behind, look back at or upon, look to, look around.
respectare Latin (lat)
respectus Latin (lat) (followed by the genitive) regard, consideration, respect (for). Looking back (at). Respite, relief (from).
respit Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) Rest (physical rest).
respect Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
respect English (en) (countable) a particular aspect, feature or detail of something. (uncountable) an attitude of consideration or high regard. (uncountable) good opinion, honor, or admiration. (uncountable, always plural) Polite greetings, often offered as condolences after a death.. Good will; favor (obsolete) To look toward; to face.. (obsolete) To regard; to consider; to deem.. (transitive, dated except in [...]