see also: Dictionary
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈdɪkʃ(ə)n(ə)ɹi/
  • (America, Canada) enPR: dĭk'shə-nĕr-ē, IPA: /ˈdɪkʃənɛɹi/

dictionary (plural dictionaries)

  1. A reference work with a list of words from one or more languages, normally ordered alphabetically, explaining each word's meaning, and sometimes containing information on its etymology, pronunciation, usage, translations, and other data.
    Synonyms: wordbook
  2. (preceded by the) A synchronic dictionary of a standardised language held to only contain words that are properly part of the language.
  3. (by extension) Any work that has a list of material organized alphabetically; e.g., biographical dictionary, encyclopedic dictionary.
  4. (computing) An associative array, a data structure where each value is referenced by a particular key, analogous to words and definitions in a physical dictionary.
    hyponyms en

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  1. (transitive) To look up in a dictionary.
  2. (transitive) To add to a dictionary.
  3. (intransitive, rare) To compile a dictionary.

Proper noun
  1. Nickname for a swot or studious person, or one who uses needlessly complicated words.

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