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New Words

A Sampling of new words and senses from the new 2006 update of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary, Eleventh Edition

Below you'll find a sample of the nearly 100 new words and senses from the 2006 copyright version of the best-selling Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary, Eleventh Edition—available this fall in bookstores everywhere. How many of these words are already a part of your vocabulary?

Technology and Computers
mouse potato
ringtone
spyware
Science and Medicine
avian influenza
biodiesel
gastric bypass
Pop Culture
soul patch
supersize
Entertainment and Leisure
labelmate
ollie
wave pool
The Human Condition
drama queen
unibrow
International
manga
qigong
Business and Industry
agritourism
big-box
Nature
aquascape
coqui
Miscellaneous
polyamory
sandwich generation

2006 marks the bicentennial anniversary of America's first dictionary—Noah Webster's A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language. To see what words were "new" in 1806, check out A Glossary of New Words in the special anniversary section of Merriam-Webster Online.

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