a reference book containing an alphabetical list of words with information about them
A reference work with a list of words from one or more languages, normally ordered alphabetically and explaining each word's meaning and sometimes containing information on its etymology, usage, translations and other data.
An associative array, a data structure where each value is referenced by a particular key, analogous to words and definitions in a physical dictionary.
To look up in a dictionary
To add to a dictionary
To appear in a dictionary
Origin: dictionarium, from dictionarius, from dictio, from dictus, perfect past participle of dico + -arium.
a book containing the words of a language, arranged alphabetically, with explanations of their meanings; a lexicon; a vocabulary; a wordbook
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
Origin: [Cf. F. dictionnaire. See Diction.]
A dictionary is a collection of words in one or more specific languages, often listed alphabetically, with usage information, definitions, etymologies, phonetics, pronunciations, and other information; or a book of words in one language with their equivalents in another, also known as a lexicon. According to Nielsen a dictionary may be regarded as a lexicographical product that is characterised by three significant features: it has been prepared for one or more functions; it contains data that have been selected for the purpose of fulfilling those functions; and its lexicographic structures link and establish relationships between the data so that they can meet the needs of users and fulfill the functions of the dictionary. A broad distinction is made between general and specialized dictionaries. Specialized dictionaries do not contain information about words that are used in language for general purposes—words used by ordinary people in everyday situations. Lexical items that describe concepts in specific fields are usually called terms instead of words, although there is no consensus whether lexicology and terminology are two different fields of study. In theory, general dictionaries are supposed to be semasiological, mapping word to definition, while specialized dictionaries are supposed to be onomasiological, first identifying concepts and then establishing the terms used to designate them. In practice, the two approaches are used for both types. There are other types of dictionaries that don't fit neatly in the above distinction, for instance bilingual dictionaries, dictionaries of synonyms, or rhyming dictionaries. The word dictionary is usually understood to refer to a monolingual general-purpose dictionary.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
dik′shun-a-ri, n. a book containing the words of a language alphabetically arranged, with their meanings, etymology, &c.: a lexicon: a work containing information on any department of knowledge, alphabetically arranged. [Low L. dictionarium. See Diction.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
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.
British National Corpus
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Dictionary' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2515
Rank popularity for the word 'Dictionary' in Nouns Frequency: #1697
The numerical value of Dictionary in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of Dictionary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work.
Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.
Always remember that striving and struggle precede success, even in the dictionary.
They were yelling. I think the only words they know in the dictionary are profanity.
A great memory is never made synonymous with wisdom, any more than a dictionary would be called a treatise.
Images & Illustrations of Dictionary
Translations for Dictionary
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
Get even more translations for Dictionary »
Find a translation for the Dictionary definition in other languages:
Select another language: