Gain access to thousands of additional definitions and advanced search features—ad free! JOIN NOW
An Encyclopædia Britannica Company
Show off your smarts with M-W gear
From newsroom lingo to the mainstream
Name that government! Or something like that.
Or, Why Pig Meat is Called 'Pork' and Cow Meat is Called 'Beef'
We provide an assortment of definitions
'A nightmarish quality'
“a very stupid person”
“The use of violent acts to frighten"
Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!
pleasing or sweet sound
Get Word of the Day daily email!
A happy little quiz.
Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.
A game of winding words.
From 'hive mind' to 'sriracha'
On the go? Never miss a single word!