Meaning of ECHO in English


I. ˈe-(ˌ)kō noun

( plural ech·oes also echos )

Etymology: Middle English ecco, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French echo, from Latin, from Greek ēchō; akin to Latin vagire to wail, Greek ēchē sound

Date: 14th century


a. : the repetition of a sound caused by reflection of sound waves

b. : the sound due to such reflection


a. : a repetition or imitation of another : reflection

b. : repercussion , result

c. : trace , vestige

d. : response

3. : one who closely imitates or repeats another's words, ideas, or acts

4. : a soft repetition of a musical phrase


a. : the repetition of a received radio signal due especially to reflection of part of the wave from an ionized layer of the atmosphere


(1) : the reflection of transmitted radar signals by an object

(2) : the visual indication of this reflection on a radarscope

• echo·ey ˈe-ˌkō-ē adjective

II. verb

( ech·oed ; echo·ing ˈe-(ˌ)kō-iŋ, ˈe-kə-wiŋ)

Date: 1596

intransitive verb

1. : to resound with echoes

2. : to produce an echo

transitive verb


a. : repeat , imitate

children echo ing their teacher's words

b. : to restate in support or agreement

his successor echo ed his opinion

c. : to be reminiscent of : evoke

music that echo es an earlier time

2. : to send back (a sound) by the reflection of sound waves

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.