- A publication, usually in the form of a book, which gives an ordered list (normally alphabetically) of words, normally explaining their meaning and sometimes containing information on etymology, usage, translations and other items related to the word. Some dictionaries list the words of more than one language and/or give translations in more than one language.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
DICTIONARY, n. 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.
- 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue
Dic"tion*a*ry (?), n.; pl.
Dictionaries (#). [Cf. F. dictionnaire. See
Diction.] 1. A book containing the words
of a language, arranged alphabetically, with explanations of their
meanings; a lexicon; a vocabulary; a wordbook.
I applied myself to the perusal of our writers; and
noting whatever might be of use to ascertain or illustrate any word
or phrase, accumulated in time the materials of a
2. Hence, a book containing the words
belonging to any system or province of knowledge, arranged
alphabetically; as, a dictionary of medicine or of botany; a
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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