Französisches Etymologisches Wörterbuch

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The Französisches Etymologisches Wörterbuch (German for French Etymological Dictionary) or FEW is the principal etymological dictionary of the Gallo-Romance languages (such as French). It was the brainchild of the Swiss philologist Walther von Wartburg.[1]


The first edition of the FEW, written in German, was started in 1922, with the objective of tracing the origin, history and change of all words in the French lexicon, including Gallo-Romance languages: Occitan, Arpitan / Francoprovençal and Walloon. Since 1952, the Swiss National Science Foundation has supported this ambitious project, with the help of the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) since 1983. The first edition of the FEW was finished in 2002.


The FEW comprises 25 volumes, 160 fascicles, and more than 17,000 pages.

There is a much-abridged version, the Dictionnaire étymologique de la langue française, published by the Presses universitaires de France.[4]


  1. ^ Chauveau, Jean-Paul (October 2007). "Le Französisches Etymologisches Wörterbuch (FEW) et les français expatriés ("The FEW and French expatriates")". (in French). ATILF-Nancy Université. Archived from the original on 21 September 2009. Retrieved 16 April 2010.
  2. ^ "Livres offerts". Comptes rendus des séances de l'Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres (in French). Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres: 830–832. 27 April 2001. Retrieved 16 April 2010.
  3. ^ "Faculté des lettres – Section de linguistique – FEW" (in French). University of Lausanne. Archived from the original on 1 February 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2010.
  4. ^ Oscar Bloch, ed. Dictionnaire étymologique de la langue française, 2nd edn. Paris: PUF, 1950 (1st edn. 1932).

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