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glossary

[glos-uh-ree, glaw-suh-] /ˈglɒs ə ri, ˈglɔ sə-/
noun, plural glossaries.
1.
a list of terms in a special subject, field, or area of usage, with accompanying definitions.
2.
such a list at the back of a book, explaining or defining difficult or unusual words and expressions used in the text.
Origin of glossary
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English glossarye < Latin glōssarium difficult word requiring explanation < Greek glōssárion, diminutive of glôssa tongue, language; later taken as a collection of such words, by construing suffix as Latin -ārium -ary; cf. gloss2
Related forms
glossarial
[glo-sair-ee-uh l, glaw-] /glɒˈsɛər i əl, glɔ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
glossarially, adverb
glossarist, noun
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  • The orthography of his glossary differs considerably from the orthography of his text.

    Beowulf Unknown
  • It is given in the glossary as one of the old names for the moon.

    Storyology

    Benjamin Taylor
  • Consult the new edition of Nares' glossary, voce Walsingham.

  • These shields are figured in the glossary of Heraldry, pp. 285, 286.

  • Nares, in his glossary, says that crants is a German word, and probably Icelandic.

    Hamlet William Shakespeare
British Dictionary definitions for glossary

glossary

/ˈɡlɒsərɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
an alphabetical list of terms peculiar to a field of knowledge with definitions or explanations Sometimes called gloss
Derived Forms
glossarial (ɡlɒˈsɛərɪəl) adjective
glossarially, adverb
glossarist, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin glossārium; see gloss²
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Word Origin and History for glossary
n.

late 14c., from Latin glossarium "collection of glosses," from Greek glossarion, diminutive of glossa "obsolete or foreign word" (see gloss (n.2)).

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