Lists of English words by country or language of origin

The following are lists of words in the English language that are known as "loanwords" or "borrowings," which are derived from other languages.

According to surveys,[1][2] the percentage of modern English words derived from each language group are as follows:
Latin ≈29%
French ≈29%
Germanic ≈26%
Greek ≈6%
Others ≈10%

For purely native (Anglo-Saxon-derived) words, see List of English words of Anglo-Saxon origin.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Finkenstaedt, Thomas; Dieter Wolff (1973). Ordered profusion; studies in dictionaries and the English lexicon. C. Winter. ISBN 3-533-02253-6.
  2. ^ Joseph M. Williams (1986) [1975]. Origins of the English Language. A social and linguistic history. Free Press. ISBN 0029344700.[page needed]

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