[ thi-sawr-uhs ]
/ θɪˈsɔr əs /
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noun, plural the·sau·rus·es, the·sau·ri [-sawr-ahy]. /-ˈsɔr aɪ/.
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.
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Origin of thesaurus
First recorded in 1730–40; from Latin thēsaurus, from Greek thēsaurós “treasure, treasury”
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British Dictionary definitions for thesaurus
/ (θɪˈsɔːrəs) /
noun plural -ruses or -ri (-raɪ)
a book containing systematized lists of synonyms and related words
a dictionary of selected words or topics
rare a treasury
Word Origin for thesaurus
C18: from Latin, Greek: treasure
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