- OE] Etymologically, hell is a ‘hidden place’.
It goes back ultimately to Indo-European *kel-
‘cover, hide’, which was contributed an
extraordinary number of words to English,
including apocalypse, cell, cellar, conceal,
helmet, hull ‘pod’, occult, and possibly colour
and holster. Its Germanic descendant was *khel-,
*khal-, whose derivatives included *khallō and
*khaljō. The first became modern English hall,
the second modern English hell – so both hall
and hell were originally ‘concealed or covered
places’, although in very different ways: the hall
with a roof, hell with at least six feet of earth.
Related Germanic forms include German hölle,
Dutch hel, and Swedish helvete (in which vete
=> APOCALYPSE, CELL, CONCEAL, HALL, HELMET,
* * *The abode of the dead derives its name from an Indo-European root element meaning 'covered,' found also in English words such as conceal, cellar, hull, and occult.
The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.
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