invitation

invitation mid-15c., from L. invitationem (nom. invitatio) "an invitation, incitement, challenge," noun of action from pp. stem of invitare "invite, treat, entertain," originally "be pleasant toward," from in- "toward" (see IN- (Cf. in-) (2)). Second element is obscure; Watkins suggests a suffixed form of root *weie- "to go after something, pursue with vigor," and a connection to English gain (see VENISON (Cf. venison)). Meaning "the spoken or written form in which a person is invited" is from 1610s.

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