death toll

GC: n

S: (last access: 3 September 2014); (last access: 3 may 2017).

N: 1. death (n): Old English deað “death, dying, cause of death,” in plural, “ghosts,” from Proto-Germanic *dauthuz (source also of Old Saxon doth, Old Frisian dath, Dutch dood, Old High German tod, German Tod, Old Norse dauði, Danish død, Swedish död, Gothic dauþus “death”), from verbal stem *dheu- “to die” + *-thuz suffix indicating “act, process, condition.”
toll (n): “tax, fee,” Old English toll “impost, tribute, passage-money, rent,” variant of toln, cognate with Old Norse tollr, Old Frisian tolen, Old High German zol, German Zoll, probably representing an early Germanic borrowing from Late Latin tolonium “custom house.”
2. In human terms, the floods left at least forty-eight people dead, many more injured and tens of thousands homeless. The death toll, though low for a major natural disaster, was the highest for any flood on the Mississippi since 1951.
3. In other fields and contexts, the Spanish word mortandad can be translated as “loss of life”, “slaughter” or “carnage”.

S: 1. OED – (last access: 3 May 2017). 2. TERMIUM PLUS – (last access: 3 May 2017). 3. (last access: 3 May 2017); FCB.


CR: mortality