Lists of English words by country or language of origin

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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%

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

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

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  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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