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- Famed for his dictionary, "Rambler" essays and The Lives of the English Poets, Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) remains one of the most-quoted and carefully observed authors who ever lived. —Publishers Weekly, 21 July 2008
- I still read relatively slowly in Yiddish, with frequent recourse to a dictionary, and my first year of graduate school found me at my desk till two or three in the morning every night … —Aaron Lansky, Outwitting History, 2004
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Instead, youngsters are directed to the Merriam Webster dictionary, from where the words are pulled.
The avocado's name is thought to come from the Aztec word ahuacatl, which means testicle, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary.
Noah Webster, a native of what is now West Hartford, was a pioneering early American educator who wrote a dictionary that was published in 1828 and widely used for many years.
Unicorn, microcredit, and microfinance are also among the new additions to the dictionary.
Up close, each flattened blossom bears a word and definition from the dictionary, such as thinga(ma)bob.
The team will be coached by a Canadian, Sarah Murray, who put together a three-page dictionary, translating English hockey terms into South Korean and North Korean.
The arrival in the past 30 years of search engines and vast databases of electronic texts has made dictionaries far more comprehensive, but also much more complicated to compile and update (not that the task was easy to begin with).
Robert often referred to Nathetta as his living dictionary.
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Origin and Etymology of dictionary
First Known Use: 1526See Words from the same year
DICTIONARY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dictionary for English Language Learners
: a reference book that contains words listed in alphabetical order and that gives information about the words' meanings, forms, pronunciations, etc.
: a reference book that lists in alphabetical order the words of one language and shows their meanings or translations in a different language
: a reference book that lists in alphabetical order words that relate to a particular subject along with their definitions and uses
DICTIONARY Defined for Kids
Definition of dictionary for Students
- a medical dictionary
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