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  • glossary
  • language
  • vocabulary
  • concordance
  • cyclopedia
  • encyclopedia
  • lexicon
  • palaver
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Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DICTIONARY

He had given shape and permanence to his native language by his Dictionary.

The Century Dictionary will please not copy this definition.

He had returned to New York, and was engaged in the preparation of his dictionary.

To decipher the message, a special code-book or dictionary would be required.

It was written in French, and so he was obliged to save again, till he could buy a dictionary.

He had an especial dislike of learned and "dictionary words."

Get that old French dictionary out of the bookcase downstairs, will you?

"I can make out some of it," he remarked to Dan, when his friend returned with the dictionary.

Like Richelieu and Napoleon, he would have the word “impossible” banished from the dictionary.

Impossible,” said he, “is a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools.

WORD ORIGIN

1520s, from Medieval Latin dictionarium "collection of words and phrases," from Latin dictionarius "of words," from dictio "word" (see diction). Probably first English use in title of a book was in Sir Thomas Elyot's "Latin Dictionary" (1538) though Latin Dictionarius was so used from early 13c. Grose's 1788 "Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue" has "RICHARD SNARY. A dictionary."

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