Definitions of dictionary

  1. a reference book containing an alphabetical list of words with information about them
  2. A book containing the words of a language, arranged alphabetically, with explanations of their meanings; a lexicon; a vocabulary; a wordbook.
  3. Hence, a book containing the words belonging to any system or province of knowledge, arranged alphabetically; as, a dictionary of medicine or of botany; a biographical dictionary.
  4. A reference book containing a list of words - usually in alphabetical order - giving information about form, pronunciation, etymology, grammar, and meaning. A foreign- language dictionary is an alphabetical list of words of one language with their meaning and equivalents in another language. In medicine and science, a dictionary is often a comprehensive list of accepted terminology and names important in a special field.
  5. A book explaining the words of a language arranged alphabetically; a lexicon; vocabulary; wordbook.
  6. A book containing the words of a language alphabetically arranged, with their meanings, etc.: a work containing information on any department of knowledge, alphabetically arranged.
  7. A book containing the words of a language with their meanings; book of definitions.
  8. A book containing the words of a language, arranged alphabetically and defined; a lexicon; book of definitions.
  9. A book containing the words of a language arranged in alphabetical order, with their meanings, & c; any book of information with the topics alphabetically arranged.
  10. A book containing the words of a language, arranged in alphabetical order, with their meanings; a lexicon.
  11. As found or given in a dictionary.

Usage examples for dictionary

  1. " When the President heard her scream he knew it was because that man was trying to do something to the boy; so he looked in his laws dictionary to find what to do to him; but the man that made the dictionary never thought that any one would be so bad as to break Good Friday, so there was nothing about it. – Bessie Bradford's Prize by Joanna H. Mathews
  2. " A part of speech," said I, " which, according to the dictionary, signifies some action or passion. – The Worlds Greatest Books Vol. II: Fiction by Arthur Mee, J. A. Hammerton, Eds.
  3. Is there a dictionary among them? – The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins
  4. You have not taken the trouble to look the words up in a dictionary. – The Loom of Youth by Alec Waugh
  5. I looked for it in the dictionary when I came home. – Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
  6. Look up 'in vitro' in your dictionary. – Life Blood by Thomas Hoover
  7. Do you think that dictionary of yours could possibly be wrong? – Lalage's Lovers 1911 by George A. Birmingham
  8. I don't believe there is such a word in the dictionary. – The Orchard of Tears by Sax Rohmer
  9. His superior acquaintance with the general forms of language enabled him, after finding two words in Euphra's larger dictionary, to explain it, to her immediate satisfaction. – David Elginbrod by George MacDonald
  10. London 1738, Life of Savage 1744, began Dictionary 1747, pub. – A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin
  11. Yes, it's great fun; and the last one up gets the dictionary. – Winter Fun by William O. Stoddard
  12. Well, I don't think the dictionary is helping as much as I expected. – The Holiday Round by A. A. Milne
  13. It will be a great struggle," she continued, smiling, " but I've brought a little dictionary-" " The cook," said Mrs. Fisher, " knows." – The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
  14. A silhouette, which hung for long at the head of his bed, was engraved for the first time for Grove's Dictionary of Music. – Haydn by J. Cuthbert Hadden
  15. He was troubled, but for the life of him could find no adequate words, who usually had the dictionary at his disposal. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  16. There is a story about an old American farmer who said that he read the dictionary over and over again for the same purpose. – Psychotherapy by James J. Walsh
  17. There isn't any word in any dictionary to define the sort of indignation which that dastardly and wanton action has caused. – The Rustle of Silk by Cosmo Hamilton
  18. Where's my dear old German dictionary? – Left Tackle Thayer by Ralph Henry Barbour
  19. In Latham's Dictionary it is defined, " Term applied in England to the Americans of the United States generally." – The Truth About America by Edward Money
  20. No man of business or dictionary maker could make a more healthy arrangement of his hours. – Methods of Authors by Hugo Erichsen