noun (plural -naries) Etymology: Medieval Latin dictionarium, from Late Latin diction-, dictio word, from Latin, speaking Date: 1526 1. a reference source in print or electronic form containing words usually alphabetically arranged along with information about their forms, pronunciations, functions, etymologies, meanings, and syntactical and idiomatic uses 2. a reference book listing alphabetically terms or names important to a particular subject or activity along with discussion of their meanings and applications 3. a reference book giving for words of one language equivalents in another 4. a computerized list (as of items of data or words) used for reference (as for information retrieval or word processing)

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  • Dictionary — For other uses, see Dictionary (disambiguation). For Wikimedia s dictionary project visit Wiktionary, or see the Wiktionary article. A multi volume Latin dictionary by Egidio Forcellini. A dic …   Wikipedia

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