A therm/o/meter is an instrument for measuring temperature. In this word, what is -meter?

1 Answer
Jun 10, 2017

thermos (meaning "hot") + metron (meaning "measure").


This question relates to the etymology of thermometer.

According to the internet, thermometer is a term from the French termomètre. Coined by Jesuit Father: Jean Leuréchon in the 1630s, his inspiration came from the Greek prefix, and French suffix:

  1. thermos meaning "hot".
  2. metron meaning "measure".

You can find more of the history of the thermometer by simply doing a quick google search.

Hope this helps :)