Bunches of Ripening date palms hanging from a date palm

Phoenix dactylifera

Date (Wiktionary)



  • IPA(key): /deɪt/
  • Rhymes: -eɪt

Etymology 1

From Middle English date, from Old French date, datil, datille, from Latin dactylus, from Ancient Greek δάκτυλος (dáktulos, finger) (from the resemblance of the date to a human finger), probably a folk-etymological alteration of a word from a Semitic source such as Arabic دَقَل(daqal, variety of date palm) or Hebrew דֶּקֶל(deqel

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