glos·​sa·​ry | \ ˈglä-sə-rē How to pronounce glossary (audio) , ˈglȯ-\
plural glossaries

Definition of glossary

: a collection of textual glosses or of specialized terms with their meanings

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glossarial \ glä-​ˈser-​ē-​əl How to pronounce glossarial (audio) , glȯ-​ \ adjective

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Without further ado, a pronunciation guide—and glossary—to some of the hardest-to-pronounce terms in design. Banquette bank-ETT; an upholstered bench against a wall. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "How to Pronounce Hygge, Etagère, and More Design Words," 22 July 2019 The restaurant also provides a glossary reference guide on the menu, helping define some of its most common items and ingredients. Leeanne Griffin,, "Sherkaan: Indian street food with a chill, innovative vibe," 15 July 2019 Our everyman’s glossary suggests risk is the chance your goals won’t be achieved during working years, or worse, running out of money during a 20- to 30-year retirement. Mark Daly, idahostatesman, "Learn these terms to become more confident in your savings and investing," 4 June 2019 The lame-duck session is so established in congressional parlance that the U.S. Senate even includes it in its official online glossary. Ben Zimmer, WSJ, "How ‘Lame Duck’ Flew From the Stock Market to Politics," 30 Nov. 2018 The American Meteorological Society glossary revised the definition in 2000, 2014, and then again in 2015. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "What Is a Polar Vortex? The Frigid Weather Pattern Explained," 16 Jan. 2019 People familiar with the Boeing manual said MCAS was mentioned, but only in the glossary spelling out the acronym (for Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System). Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Boeing Omitted Safety-System Details, Minimized Training for Crashed Lion Air 737 Model," 5 Dec. 2018 The Volvo has an entire glossary-worth of advanced driver assists and passive safety technology, most of which didn't even exist when the S4 was being built. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Volvo’s new V60 is proof the station wagon must never die," 17 Oct. 2018 Thanks to Nvidia's newest products, the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti, that required glossary is only getting bigger. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Nvidia RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti review: A tale of two very expensive graphics cards," 19 Sep. 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of glossary

: a list that gives definitions of the hard or unusual words found in a book
: a dictionary of the special terms in a particular field or job


glos·​sa·​ry | \ ˈglä-sə-rē How to pronounce glossary (audio) , ˈglȯ-\
plural glossaries

Kids Definition of glossary

: a list that provides definitions for the difficult or unusual words used in a book

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