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.
- dictionary and thesaurus,
- dictionary attack,
- dictionary catalog,
- dictionary catalogue,
- dictionary of names
Origin of dictionary
noun, plural online dictionaries.
noun, plural science dictionaries.
dictionary of names
noun, plural English dictionaries.
Examples from the Web for dictionary
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
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
Word Origin for dictionary
1520s, from Medieval Latin dictionarium "collection of words and phrases," from Latin dictionarius "of words," from dictio "word" (see diction). Probably first English use in title of a book was in Sir Thomas Elyot's "Latin Dictionary" (1538) though Latin Dictionarius was so used from early 13c. Grose's 1788 "Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue" has "RICHARD SNARY. A dictionary."