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

Other Words from glossary

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

Examples of glossary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bitsoie details each recipe’s distinct tribal heritage, and even includes a glossary of hyperlocal foods found on Native lands: things like acorn meal, agave nectar and cedar berries. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Dec. 2021 Its extensive, secretive bureaucratic infrastructure involved so many acronyms and neologisms that the author provides a glossary. Washington Post, 4 Dec. 2021 After the characters climb out to enjoy the beautiful beach, readers should stay on board for a glossary of Arabic and Swahili words as well as a page about Zanzibar and its culture. Tegan Tigani, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Dec. 2021 The Center for Renewing America, which was started by a former Trump administration official, published a glossary that claimed that teachers and counselors were embedding critical race theory into social emotional learning programs. NBC News, 15 Nov. 2021 Denis Villeneuve’s new, propulsive adaptation, fortunately, doesn’t need a glossary. The New Yorker, 27 Oct. 2021 Viets also includes an amusing glossary of how Missourians pronounce a few words. Oline H. Cogdill,, 25 Oct. 2021 Supporters of Israel were troubled by about a dozen pages in the 578-page guide, as well as by its glossary, which defined Islamophobia but not antisemitism. oregonlive, 9 Oct. 2021 This is not homework by any means, just a glossary for anyone who wants a little extra background to help them enjoy the ride. Christian Holub,, 21 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of glossary

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glossary

Middle English glosarie, borrowed from Medieval Latin glōsārium, glōssārium, from glōsa, glōssa gloss entry 3 + Latin -ārium -ary entry 1

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“Glossary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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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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