noun, plural dic·tion·ar·ies.
- a list of codes, terms, keys, etc., and their meanings, used by a computer program or system.
- a list of words used by a word-processing program as the standard against which to check the spelling of text entered.
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Other new admissions to the dictionary include qayaq—an alternate spelling of kayak—and thongy.Well, La Ti Da: Stephin Merritt’s Winning Little Words of Scrabble|David Bukszpan|October 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Other laws, such as the aptly named Dictionary Act, expressly do so.Contraception Looks Like a Loser at the Supreme Court|Jay Michaelson|March 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Search for any word in the dictionary and what is the first Google Image that comes up?The A-Z Dictionary of Google Images—For the Moment|Sarah Moroz|February 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If you look in the dictionary today, it says “naiad: any skillful female wimmer.”The Crossword Puzzle Turns 100: The ‘King of Crossword’ on Its Strange History|Kevin Fallon|December 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Always know the meaning of those big words with Google Dictionary.Surf Better With These 9 Killer Google Chrome Extensions|Brian Ries|December 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
And now several long four-syllable words come together, and the boy with the dictionary strikes work.Tom Brown at Rugby|Thomas Hughes
The fishes and insects were not included in this primitive nomenclature, so the loss of the Dictionary does not concern them.Bible Romances|George W. Foote
If, for instance, I was thirsty and wanted some milk, I would look in my dictionary for “I want.”Sporting Scenes amongst the Kaffirs of South Africa|Alfred W. Drayson
Burtons, a small tackle of two pulleys to be fastened anywhere at pleasure (Phillips' Dictionary, 1706).The Autobiography of a Cornish Smuggler|Harry Carter
At times it would seem that, poor, tired man, he had to feed his flagging invention from a dictionary of quotations.Irish Plays and Playwrights|Cornelius Weygandt
British Dictionary definitions for dictionary
noun plural -aries
- 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
- 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 languagea German-English dictionary
- (as modifier)a dictionary definition See also glossary, lexicon, thesaurus