glos·​sa·​ry ˈglä-sə-rē How to pronounce glossary (audio)
plural glossaries
: a collection of textual glosses or of specialized terms with their meanings
glossarial adjective

Examples of glossary in a Sentence

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Glossary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


glos·​sa·​ry ˈgläs-(ə-)rē How to pronounce glossary (audio)
plural glossaries
: a list of the hard or unusual words found in a book
: a dictionary of the special terms in a particular field
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