guide word

noun

Definition of guide word

:either of the terms at the head of a page of an alphabetical reference work (such as a dictionary) indicating the alphabetically first and last words on the page

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First Known Use of guide word

circa 1928


GUIDE WORD Defined for English Language Learners

guide word

noun

Definition of guide word for English Language Learners

  • : either one of the words that are at the top of a page in a dictionary or similar book and that show the first and last words on the page


GUIDE WORD Defined for Kids

guide word

noun

Definition of guide word for Students

:either of the terms at the head of a page of an alphabetical reference work (as a dictionary) usually showing the first and last entries on the page

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