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 glossary (audio) , glȯ-​ \ adjective

Examples of glossary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here’s a basic glossary of the words used to describe an animal’s fur coat. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "The Ultimate Guide to Tanning Wild Game Pelts and Hides," 24 Dec. 2020 His research constitutes a global glossary of feelings. Travel, "Is joy the same in every language?," 22 Dec. 2020 See also: the TWC’s glossary for unemployment benefits. Sally Beauvais, ProPublica, "A Guide to Navigating the Texas Unemployment System During the Coronavirus Pandemic," 5 Dec. 2020 My favorite part is that the book includes a glossary of words and the Adinkra symbols used by Zura and Nana Akua. Ciarra Chavarria, NBC News, "Holiday gift guide: 10 amazing books to inspire young girls to know their value," 3 Dec. 2020 Following the sessions, the pair asked for feedback, which prompted the start of a study guide that included a glossary of terms that came up during the various classes. Jenn Harris Senior Food Writer, Los Angeles Times, "How one woman is diversifying the wine industry, one Zoom at a time," 4 Nov. 2020 Since March of this year, bar and restaurant owners in Dallas have become quite familiar with a new glossary of business terms. Kelly Dearmore, Dallas News, "How pairing with a catering company saved Bluffview Growler and turned it into a restaurant," 4 Nov. 2020 For anyone who needs it, then, there exists within Glück’s work a glossary of today’s moods: rage, vulnerability, despair, gallows humor, irritation, loneliness, an aura of intensity around the mundane. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "Louise Glück, Whisperer of the Seasons," 15 Oct. 2020 The least groovy of the bunch is by Alastair Mackie, who offers a shirt with a visual Victorian-era glossary of mushroom types. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "It’s Time to Follow Bella Hadid and Embrace the Beauty of Mushrooms," 7 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of glossary was in the 14th century

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10 Jan 2021

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“Glossary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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