dictionary
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 — Dic tion*a*ry, n.; pl. {Dictionaries}. [Cf. F. dictionnaire. See {Diction}.] 1. A book containing the words of a language, arranged alphabetically, with explanations of their meanings; a lexicon; a vocabulary; a wordbook. [1913 Webster] I applied …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dictionary — [dik′shə ner΄ē] n. pl. dictionaries [ML dictionarium < LL dictio: see DICTION] 1. a book of alphabetically listed words in a language, with definitions, etymologies, pronunciations, and other information; lexicon 2. a book of alphabetically… …   English World dictionary

  • dictionary — 1520s, from M.L. dictionarium collection of words and phrases, from L. dictionarius of words, from dictio word (see DICTION (Cf. diction)). Probably first English use in title of a book was in Sir Thomas Elyot s Latin Dictionary (1538) though L.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Dictionary — (lat. dictio „das Sprechen“) steht für: ein dem englischen entlehntes Synonym für Wörterbuch ein Assoziatives Array Diese Seite …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • dictionary — [n] book of word meanings concordance, cyclopedia, encyclopedia, glossary, language, lexicon, palaver, promptory, reference, terminology, vocabulary; concept 280 …   New thesaurus

  • dictionary — ► NOUN (pl. dictionaries) ▪ a book that lists the words of a language and gives their meaning, or their equivalent in a different language. ORIGIN from Latin dictionarium manuale or dictionarius liber manual or book of words …   English terms dictionary

  • 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

  • dictionary — /dik sheuh ner ee/, n., pl. dictionaries. 1. a book containing a selection of the words of a language, usually arranged alphabetically, giving information about their meanings, pronunciations, etymologies, inflected forms, etc., expressed in… …   Universalium

  • dictionary — Synonyms and related words: biographical dictionary, cant, chemical dictionary, desk dictionary, dialect dictionary, dictionary of quotations, electronics dictionary, etymological dictionary, foreign language dictionary, gazetteer, general… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • dictionary — n. 1) to compile a dictionary 2) to expand; revise; update a dictionary 3) to consult a dictionary 4) an abridged, desk; bilingual; biographical; college, collegiate (AE); combinatorial, combinatory; dialect; etymological; general use, general… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • dictionary — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. wordbook, lexicon, vocabulary. See publication. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. glossary, lexicon, wordbook, word list, vocabulary, thesaurus, concordance, reference work, gazetteer, encyclopedia, cyclopedia …   English dictionary for students

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