noun, plural the·sau·rus·es, the·sau·ri [-sawr-ahy] /-ˈsɔr aɪ/.
- 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
Examples from the Web for thesauruses
The very Graduses and Thesauruses were raked for phrases to pelt me with by the tiny pedants.The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb|Charles Lamb
British Dictionary definitions for thesauruses
noun plural -ruses or -ri (-raɪ)
Word Origin for thesaurus
Word Origin and History for thesauruses
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.).