glos·sa·ry | \ˈglä-sə-rē, 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, glȯ- \ adjective

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The brand, in fact, is such a ubiquitous organizing principle for so many things — companies, products, people — that it has been forced to spawn an expansive glossary of subcategories and varieties. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "What Happens When People and Companies Are Both Just ‘Brands’?," 1 May 2018 The Cyprus Journalists' Union last week said whether the glossary will be used in whole or in part or discarded entirely rests entirely with individual journalists. Fox News, "OSCE official defends journalists' glossary in split Cyprus," 10 July 2018 And amid the controversy the Nursing and Midwifery Board has back-pedaled, telling the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that, unlike the code of conduct, the accompanying glossary shouldn’t be viewed as policy. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "White Privilege for White Coats," 30 Mar. 2018 English Romani is used so frequently that the book includes a short glossary to help gorjies (non-gypsies). The Economist, "A British traveller’s travelogue," 12 July 2018 The letter circulated three weeks before the glossary's publication. Fox News, "OSCE official defends journalists' glossary in split Cyprus," 10 July 2018 An entire glossary of new terms—coliving, microunits, smart homes, and coworking—have taken root thanks to a speedy adoption of new technology. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Can tech outsmart the housing shortage?," 29 May 2018 The app also includes a glossary of architectural terms, interactive map and other interesting features. Sara Clarkson,, "Clarkson: Hinsdale tours phone app uses latest technology to bring history alive," 2 May 2018 That’s why learning the ins and outs of 171 plays Arians has drawn up would be fruitless—and require a glossary the size of a Merriam-Webster dictionary. Peter King,, "A Quarterback and His Game Plan, Part I: Five Days to Learn 171 Plays," 18 Nov. 2015

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First Known Use of glossary

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, 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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