late 14c., "that is yet to be; pertaining to a time after the present," from Old French futur "future, to come" (13c.), from Latin futurus "going to be, yet to be," as a noun, "the future," irregular suppletive future participle of esse "to be," from PIE root *bheue- "to be, exist, grow." In grammar, of tense, from 1520s.
"future events; time to come," late 14c., modeled on Latin futura, neuter plural of futurus (see future (adj.)).
updated on April 27, 2017