- juxtaposition (n.) 1660s, from Fr. juxtaposition (1660s), from L. iuxta "beside, near" + Fr. position (see POSITION (Cf. position) (n.)). Latin iuxta is a contraction of *iugista (adv.), superlative of adjective *iugos "closely connected," from stem of iugum "yoke," from iungere "to join" (see JUGULAR (Cf. jugular)).
Etymology dictionary. 2014.