Dictionary - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈdɪkʃəneri|  American pronunciation of the word dictionary
Brit.  |ˈdɪkʃ(ə)n(ə)ri|  British pronunciation of the word dictionary


- a reference book containing an alphabetical list of words with information about them (syn: lexicon)


Look it up in the dictionary.

...try to develop the habit of going to the dictionary whenever you encounter an unfamiliar word...

According to the dictionary, the word has two uses.

The dictionary includes thousands of examples.

The dictionary includes a section on signs and symbols.

The dictionary includes a table of weights and measures.

The dictionary is a rich source of information.

I prefer this dictionary because of its helpful examples.

The dictionary has been twice updated since 1993.

...a dictionary provides lexical information—it tells you what the word “cat” means, not all there is to know about cats...

abridge a dictionary by omitting rare words

...this Italian-English pocket dictionary is an abridgment of the hardback edition...

...the use of graphics in the text of the dictionary helps to break up the visual monotony of the page...

This dictionary uses the International Phonetic Alphabet.

Editing the dictionary is a sedentary job.

Word forms

singular: dictionary
plural: dictionaries
See also:  WebsterWiktionaryLongman