desk dictionary

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Noun1.desk dictionary - an abridged dictionary of a size convenient to hold in the handdesk dictionary - an abridged dictionary of a size convenient to hold in the hand
dictionary, lexicon - a reference book containing an alphabetical list of words with information about them
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111) Desk dictionaries are smaller still; they often contain only 60,000 to 80,000 entries.
Curious, I consulted several desk dictionaries to check the word's spelling and was surprised not to find it listed at all.
The winners of the new desk dictionaries (of their choice) are Geoff Martin, who entered crapulous, and Linda Besnette, who chose mercenary.