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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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 Readers mystified by any of the author’s orphic lingo will find full explanations in the book’s extensive glossary. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: James Baldwin’s Tale of Childhood in Harlem," 23 Aug. 2018 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

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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 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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