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Meaning of dictionary by Wiktionary Dictionary


    A multi-volume Latin dictionary in the University Library of Graz.


    Medieval Latin dictionarium, from Latin dictionarius, from dictio ( “speaking” ), from dictus, perfect past participle of dīcō ( “speak” ) + -arium ( “room, place” ) .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈdɪkʃən( ə )ɹi/, X-SAMPA: /"dIkS@n( @ )ri/
    • ( North America ) enPR: dĭk'shə-nĕr-ē, IPA: /ˈdɪkʃənɛɹi/, X-SAMPA: /"dIkS@nEri/


    dictionary ( plural: dictionaries )

    1. 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 .
    2. ( 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 .



Explanation of dictionary by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a reference book containing an alphabetical list of words with information about them

    Definition of dictionary by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Dictionary n.; pl. Dictionaries [Cf. F. dictionnaire. See Diction.]
      1. A book containing the words of a language, arranged alphabetically, with explanations of their meanings; a lexicon; a vocabulary; a wordbook.

      I applied myself to the perusal of our writers; and noting whatever might be of use to ascertain or illustrate any word or phrase, accumulated in time the materials of a dictionary. Johnson.

      2. 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.”