Etymology
Advertisement

difference (n.)

mid-14c., "condition or relation of being other or different," also "any special mode of non-identity," from Old French difference"difference, distinction; argument, dispute" (12c.) and directly from Latin differentia "diversity, difference," from differentem (nominative differens), present participle of differre "to set apart,"  from assimilated form of dis- "apart, away from" (see dis-) + ferre "to bear, carry," from PIE root *bher- (1) "to carry." Sense of "controversy, dispute, a quarrel" is from late 14c.

Origin and meaning of difference

Others are reading

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of difference

difference (n.)
the quality of being unlike or dissimilar;
there are many differences between jazz and rock
difference (n.)
a variation that deviates from the standard or norm;
difference (n.)
a disagreement or argument about something important;
there were irreconcilable differences
Synonyms: dispute / difference of opinion / conflict
difference (n.)
a significant change;
the difference in her is amazing
his support made a real difference
difference (n.)
the number that remains after subtraction; the number that when added to the subtrahend gives the minuend;
Synonyms: remainder
From wordnet.princeton.edu