horologe vs timepiece what difference

what is difference between horologe and timepiece



From Latin hōrologium (sundial; clock), from Ancient Greek ὡρολόγιον (hōrológion). Cognate with French horloge, Italian orologio, and Spanish reloj. Doublet of Horologium.


  • IPA(key): /ˈhɒrəlɒdʒ/


horologe (plural horologes)

  1. (obsolete) A clock or watch.
    • 1597: He’ll watch the horologe a double set, If drink rock not his cradle. — Shakespeare, Othello, ii 3
    • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 3, ch. II, Gospel of Mammonism
      A SOUL is not like wind (spiritus, or breath) contained within a capsule; the ALMIGHTY MAKER is not like a Clockmaker that once, in old immemorial ages, having made his Horologe of a Universe, sits ever since and sees it go! Not at all. Hence comes Atheism; come, as we say, many other isms […]

Related terms

  • Horologium



time +‎ piece


  • IPA(key): /ˈtaɪmpiːs/


timepiece (plural timepieces)

  1. Any device that measures or registers time; a clock or watch, especially one lacking a chime or other striking mechanism.
    Hyponyms: clock, watch

Usage notes

  • Strictly, a timepiece is a timekeeping instrument that lacks a striking mechanism (e.g., a bell, chimes, or gong) to announce the passage of time. One with a striking mechanism is a clock. Although this traditional distinction is generally not made in everyday usage, it is commonly noted in dictionaries, glossaries of clock terms, and reference books on clocks, in addition to being widely maintained among knowledgeable collectors, major auction houses, horological museums, and watch manufacturers.


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