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

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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