guide word


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

Examples of guide word in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Standing Rock movement’s guiding words, Mni Wiconi (water is life) meant more than clean water advocacy. Natasha Lennard, Esquire, "Still Fighting at Standing Rock," 19 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of guide word

circa 1928, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of guide word was circa 1928

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“Guide word.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of guide word

: 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

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Kids Definition of guide word

: 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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