interest

noun

verb

Dialects

Emoji One Apple Twemoji Facebook Messenger Google
Emoji One's face with monocle emoji Apple does not support face with monocle emoji Twemoji's face with monocle emoji Facebook's face with monocle emoji Messenger does not support face with monocle emoji Google's face with monocle emoji

Origin

Late Middle English (originally as interess): from Anglo-Norman French interesse, from Latin interesse ‘differ, be important’, from inter- ‘between’ + esse ‘be’. The -t was added partly by association with Old French interest ‘damage, loss’, apparently from Latin interest ‘it is important’. The original sense was ‘the possession of a share in or a right to something’; hence interest (sense 4 of the noun). interest (sense 1 of the noun) and the verb arose in the 18th century interest (sense 2 of the noun) was influenced by medieval Latin interesse ‘compensation for a debtor's defaulting’.

Pronunciation

No pronunciation yet. How can I help?