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dic·tion·ar·y

 (dĭk′shə-nĕr′ē)
n. pl. dic·tion·ar·ies
1. A reference work containing an alphabetical list of words, with information given for each word, usually including meaning, pronunciation, and etymology.
2. A reference work containing an alphabetical list of words in one language with their translations in another language.
3. A reference work containing an alphabetical list of words in a particular category or subject with specialized information about them: a medical dictionary.
4. A list of words stored in machine-readable form for reference, as by spelling-checking software.

[Medieval Latin dictiōnārium, from Latin dictiō, dictiōn-, diction; see diction.]
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dictionary

(ˈdɪkʃənərɪ; -ʃənrɪ)
n, pl -aries
1. (Library Science & Bibliography)
a. a reference resource, in printed or electronic form, that consists of an alphabetical list of words with their meanings and parts of speech, and often a guide to accepted pronunciation and syllabification, irregular inflections of words, derived words of different parts of speech, and etymologies
b. a similar reference work giving equivalent words in two or more languages. Such dictionaries often consist of two or more parts, in each of which the alphabetical list is given in a different language: a German-English dictionary.
c. (as modifier): a dictionary definition. See also glossary, lexicon, thesaurus
2. (Library Science & Bibliography) a reference publication listing words or terms of a particular subject or activity, giving information about their meanings and other attributes: a dictionary of gardening.
3. (Library Science & Bibliography) a collection of information or examples with the entries alphabetically arranged: a dictionary of quotations.
[C16: from Medieval Latin dictiōnārium collection of words, from Late Latin dictiō word; see diction]
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dic•tion•ar•y

(ˈdɪk ʃəˌnɛr i)

n., pl. -ar•ies.
1. a book containing a selection of the words of a language, usu. arranged alphabetically, with information about their meanings, pronunciations, etymologies, inflected forms, etc., expressed in either the same or another language.
2. a book giving information on particular subjects or on a particular class of words, names, or facts, usu. arranged alphabetically: a biographical dictionary.
3. a list of words used by a word-processing program to check spellings in text.
[1520–30; < Medieval Latin dictiōnārium,dictiōnārius < Late Latin dictiōn- word (see diction)]
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dictionary

- Based on Latin dictio(n-), "mode of expression" or "word," then dictionarius, "a repertory of words or phrases."
See also related terms for mode.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dictionary - a reference book containing an alphabetical list of words with information about themdictionary - a reference book containing an alphabetical list of words with information about them
dictionary entry, lexical entry - the entry in a dictionary of information about a word
wordbook - a reference book containing words (usually with their meanings)
bilingual dictionary - a dictionary giving equivalent words in two languages
collegiate dictionary, desk dictionary - an abridged dictionary of a size convenient to hold in the hand
etymological dictionary - a dictionary giving the historical origins of each word
gazetteer - a geographical dictionary (as at the back of an atlas)
learner's dictionary, school dictionary - a dictionary specially written for those learning a foreign language
little dictionary, pocket dictionary - a dictionary that is small enough to carry in your pocket
spell-checker, spelling checker - an electronic dictionary in a word processor that can be used to catch misspelled words
unabridged, unabridged dictionary - a dictionary that has not been shortened by the omitting terms or definitions; a comprehensive dictionary
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dictionary

noun wordbook, vocabulary, glossary, encyclopedia, lexicon, concordance, word list, vocabulary list If you don't know what it means, look it up in the dictionary.
Quotations
"Dictionaries are like watches; the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true" [Dr. Johnson]
"When I feel inclined to read poetry I take down my Dictionary. The poetry of words is quite as beautiful as that of sentences. The author may arrange the gems effectively, but their shape and lustre have been given by the attrition of the ages" [Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. The Autocrat's Autobiography]
"dictionary: a malevolent literary device for cramping the growth of a language and making it hard and inelastic. This dictionary, however, is a most useful work" [Ambrose Bierce The Devil's Dictionary]
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dictionary

noun
An alphabetical list of words often defined or translated:
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Translations
woordeboek
قاموسقَامُوسكِتاب معلومات مُرَتَّبَةٌ أبْجَدِيّامعجم
речник
diccionari
slovník
ordboghåndbogleksikonopslagsbog
vortaro
sõnaraamatsõnastik
sanakirja
कोशशब्दकोश
rječnik
szótár
kamus
orðabókorîabókuppsláttarrit
辞書
사전
dictionarium
žodynas
vārdnīca
dicionárioarray associativo
dicţionar
slovník
slovar
ordboklexikon
พจนานุกรม
словник
từ điểntự điển

dictionary

[ˈdɪkʃənrɪ] Ndiccionario m
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dictionary

[ˈdɪkʃənəri] ndictionnaire m
a dictionary of business English → un dictionnaire d'anglais commercialdictionary definition ndéfinition f donnée par le dictionnaire
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dictionary

nWörterbuch nt
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dictionary

[ˈdɪkʃnrɪ] nvocabolario, dizionario
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dictionary

(ˈdikʃənəri) plural ˈdictionaries noun
1. a book containing the words of a language alphabetically arranged, with their meanings etc. This is an English dictionary.
2. a book containing other information alphabetically arranged. a dictionary of place-names.
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dictionary

قَامُوس slovník ordbog Wörterbuch λεξικό diccionario sanakirja dictionnaire rječnik dizionario 辞書 사전 woordenboek ordbok słownik dicionário словарь ordbok พจนานุกรม sözlük từ điển 词典
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References in classic literature ?
The knowledge of Johnson's day was not adequate for tracing the history and etymology of words, and Johnson himself on being asked the reason for one of his numerous blunders could only reply, with his characteristic blunt frankness, 'sheer ignorance.' Moreover, he allowed his strong prejudices to intrude, even though he colored them with humor; for example in defining 'oats' as 'a grain which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people.' Jesting at himself he defined 'lexicographer' as 'a writer of dictionaries, a harmless drudge.' Nevertheless the work, though not creative literature, was a great and necessary one, and Johnson did it, on the whole, decidedly well.
Now we, who are admitted behind the scenes of this great theatre of Nature (and no author ought to write anything besides dictionaries and spelling-books who hath not this privilege), can censure the action, without conceiving any absolute detestation of the person, whom perhaps Nature may not have designed to act an ill part in all her dramas; for in this instance life most exactly resembles the stage, since it is often the same person who represents the villain and the heroe; and he who engages your admiration to-day will probably attract your contempt to-morrow.
you might wear out your index-finger running up and down the columns of dictionaries, and never find the word.
In the first book-length study devoted to Latin and Greek dictionaries, classicists examine such dictionaries from the ancient world to the present, and in some cases dictionaries in progress.
Scotland in Definition: A History of Scottish Dictionaries
Dictionaries have an aura of authority about them--words mean what the dictionary says they mean.
A partnership that will impact hundreds of millions of users worldwide," said Casper Grathwohl, the President of Dictionaries at Oxford University Press.
Panelo said he had just heard of Urban Dictionary and only recognized more popular dictionaries such as Merriam-Webster's dictionary.
The word is sufficiently rare for it not to be listed in current desktop dictionaries such as the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, Chambers Dictionary, Collins English Dictionary and the Canadian Oxford Dictionary.
He also discussed previous experiences with historical dictionaries in other languages, which took a long time compared to this project.
This was despite the special nature of the Arab language." He pointed to a number of previous experiences with historical dictionaries in other languages, which took a longer time compared to this project.
The 14-volume Urdu-to-Urdu dictionary, named Muhazzab-ul-lughaat, is one of the most significant and most comprehensive Urdu dictionaries compiled in the 20th century.