A historical or etymological dictionary shows the history of a word from its date of introduction to the present. It traces the development of various changes in interpretation and meaning. Etymologies frequently show the root word in Latin, Greek, Old English, French, etc.
The most famous etymological dictionary is the Oxford English Dictionary (known as the OED). You can access Nimitz Library's online subscription to the OED from anywhere on the Yard:
The following is a selective list of reference books on the origins of English language words located in Nimitz Library:
General Dictionaries (including etymological dictionaries):
Dictionaries of Slang and Contemporary Words:
Dictionaries of Military Jargon and Words from the Sea: