Etymology (Meaning of Words)/etymology


What is the origin of the word "Soulmate?"

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   The word 'soul' stems from the Old English word ' sawol' meaning the spiritual and emotional part of a person.  It appears in the year 725 in the tale of Beowulf .  There are relatives of the word in many languages, for instance the Old Low Franconian 'sela', the Old Saxon 'siola' and the Middle Dutch 'siele', all meaning the same thing.
    The word soulmate is a relatively new invention probably growing out of the romance novel or greeting card industry.  Of course it means a person whose soul meshes happily with your own soul.  The term is not generally used in sophisticated discourse but if it resonates with you, then by all means use it!
    The best to you always,   Carol P.

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Carol Pozefsky


Etymology: The origins of English words and phrases. Anchor/Reporter NBC and CBS Networks. News Director 3 Regional Radio Stations.

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