- a dictionary of synonyms and antonyms, such as the online Thesaurus.com.
- any dictionary, encyclopedia, or other comprehensive reference book.
- a storehouse, repository, or treasury.
- an index to information stored in a computer, consisting of a comprehensive list of subjects concerning which information may be retrieved by using the proper key terms.
- a dictionary of synonyms and antonyms stored in memory for use in word processing.
Origin of thesaurus
- a thesaurus or dictionary of words with the same or nearly the same meanings, or synonyms, and their opposites, or antonyms, such as Thesaurus.com, available on the Internet or the World Wide Web, accessed through a web browser, and used by entering a query term into a search box on the site. An online thesaurus provides immediate electronic access to lists of alternate terms for the queried word, covering its various shades of meaning: This online thesaurus showed me that smart, as an adjective, not only means intelligent, but also stylish, or lively, and gave long lists of other words for each meaning.
Examples from the Web for thesaurus
Contemporary Examples of thesaurus
Had Palin scoured a thesaurus, she could not have come up with a more inflammatory phrase.Palin Goes Nuclear With 'Blood Libel' Speech
January 12, 2011
Historical Examples of thesaurus
Most of these (along with Tatian), are to be found in Schilter's Thesaurus.A Handbook of the English Language
Robert Gordon Latham
And now Pabo distinctly remembered that the Thesaurus was not far beyond it.Pabo, The Priest
You couldn't trust this Swede as far as you could throw a thesaurus by the tail.Yellowstone Nights
Then I wrote at the top of the paper, 'Thesaurus for the Ennuied.'Selina
George Madden Martin
First of all his age is thirty-six, and he is the editor of The Thesaurus.'I Believe' and other essays
Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
- a book containing systematized lists of synonyms and related words
- a dictionary of selected words or topics
- rare a treasury
Word Origin for thesaurus
1823, "treasury, storehouse," from Latin thesaurus "treasury, treasure," from Greek thesauros "a treasure, treasury, storehouse, chest," from root of tithenai "to put, to place." The meaning "encyclopedia filled with information" is from 1840, but existed earlier as thesaurarie (1590s), used as a title by early dictionary compilers. Meaning "collection of words arranged according to sense" is first attested 1852 in Roget's title. Thesaur is attested in Middle English with the meaning "treasure" (15c.-16c.).