12th cent. Originally meaning "nostril." From Vulgar Latin *naricæ "nostrils," from Latin naris "nostril."
From Proto-Italic *nās-i- 'id.' From Proto-Indo-European *Hneh2-s- 'id.' From a root *Hneh2- "to breathe" (whence alma).
Romance: Western Vulgar Latin: Asturian nariz, Portuguese nariz, Galician nariz, Catalan nariu, French narine, Italian narice ; Eastern Vulgar Latin: Aromanian nare, Romanian nară ; Sardinian: nare
Indo-European: Germanic: Old Norse nǫs "nostril," Old High German nasa "nose," Old Saxon nasa-druppo "cold," Old English nasu "nose" (English nose); Balto-Slavic: Church Slavic nosъ "nose," Russian nos' 'id.,' Czech nos 'id.,' Polish nos 'id.,' Slovene nọ̑s 'id.,' Old Prussian nozy 'id.,' Lithuanian nósis 'id.,' Latvian nãss 'id.;' Indo-Iranian: Sanskrit nas- "nose," Young Avestan nā̊ŋha "nose" (note that the word is in the dual)The word naríz may in fact be a remnant of a Proto-Indo-European ablaut with a root-vowel *a. This is controversial at best, and not reflected in the etymologies in our dictionary, however the bare possibility demands mentioning. "Although the evidence is sparse, it appears that roots with a as fundamental vowel also ablauted. The root *sal- 'salt' had a zero-grad *sl̥-...; the root *nas- 'nose' has a lengthened-grade derivatives such as Latin nār-ēs and English nose, both from *nās-; and the root *laku- 'body of water' (Lat. lacus 'lake', Gk. lákkos 'pond') had an o-grade form *loku- that became Scottish Gaelic loch 'lake'. The view that roots in a ablauted is not universally accepted, but these forms are difficult to explain otherwise." ~ B. Fortson, Indo-European Language and Culture (2011)