English dictionary


Arab |ˈærəb| — a member of a Semitic people originally from the Arabian peninsula and surrounding territories who speaks Arabic and who inhabits much of the Middle East and northern Africa

arabesque |ˌærəˈbesk| — position in which the dancer has one leg raised behind and arms outstretched in a conventional pose

Arabian |əˈreɪbiən| — a member of a Semitic people originally from the Arabian peninsula and surrounding territories who speaks Arabic and who inhabits much of the Middle East and northern Africa

Arabic |ˈærəbɪk| — the Semitic language of the Arabs; spoken in a variety of dialects

arable |ˈærəbl| — (of farmland) capable of being farmed productively

arachnid |əˈræknɪd| — air-breathing arthropods characterized by simple eyes and four pairs of legs

arachnoid |əˈrakˌnoid| — the middle of the 3 meninges

Aramaic |ˌærəˈmeɪɪk| — a Semitic language originally of the ancient Arameans but still spoken by other people in southwestern Asia

arbalest |ˈɑːrbəlɪst| — an engine that provided medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones and other missiles

arbiter |ˈɑːrbɪtər| — someone with the power to settle matters at will

arbitrage |ˈɑːrbətrɑːʒ| — a kind of hedged investment meant to capture slight differences in price; when there is a difference in the price of something on two different markets the arbitrageur simultaneously buys at the lower price and sells at the higher price

arbitral |ˈɑːrbɪtrəl| — relating to or resulting from arbitration

arbitrament |ɑːrˈbɪtrəmənt| — the act of deciding as an arbiter; giving authoritative judgment

arbitrarily |ˌɑːrbəˈtrerəli| — in a random manner

arbitrariness |ˈɑːrbətrerinəs| — the trait of acting unpredictably and more from whim or caprice than from reason or judgment

arbitrary |ˈɑːrbətreri| — based on or subject to individual discretion or preference or sometimes impulse or caprice

arbitrate |ˈɑːrbɪtreɪt| — act between parties with a view to reconciling differences

arbitration |ˌɑːrbɪˈtreɪʃn| — (law) the hearing and determination of a dispute by an impartial referee agreed to by both parties (often used to settle disputes between labor and management)

arbitrator |ˈɑːrbɪtreɪtər| — someone chosen to judge and decide a disputed issue

arbor |ˈɑːrbər| — tree (as opposed to shrub)

arboraceous |ˌɑːrbəˈreɪʃəs| — abounding in trees

arboreal |ɑːrˈbɔːriəl| — resembling a tree in form and branching structure

arboreous |ɑːrˈbɔːriəs| — abounding in trees

arborescent |ɑːrbəˈresənt| — resembling a tree in form and branching structure

arboretum |ˌɑːrbəˈriːtəm| — a facility where trees and shrubs are cultivated for exhibition

arboriculture |ˈɑːrbərɪkʌltʃər| — the tending of and caring for trees

arboriculturist |ˌɑːbərɪˈkʌltʃərɪst| — someone trained in forestry

arbour |ˈɑːrbər| — a framework that supports climbing plants

arbutus |ɑːrˈbjuːtəs| — any of several evergreen shrubs of the genus Arbutus of temperate Europe and America

arc |ɑːrk| — electrical conduction through a gas in an applied electric field

arc-boutant |ˌɑːbuːˈtɑːŋ| — a buttress that stands apart from the main structure and connected to it by an arch

arcade |ɑːrˈkeɪd| — a covered passageway with shops and stalls on either side

arcadian |ɑːrˈkeɪdiən| — an inhabitant of Arcadia

arcane |ɑːrˈkeɪn| — requiring secret or mysterious knowledge

arcanum |ˈɑːrkənəm| — information known only to a special group

arch |ɑːrtʃ| — a curved shape in the vertical plane that spans an opening

Archaean |ɑːrˈkiːən| — of or relating to the earliest known rocks formed during the Precambrian Eon

archaeologic  — related to or dealing with or devoted to archaeology

archaeological |ˌɑːrkiəˈlɑːdʒɪkl| — related to or dealing with or devoted to archaeology

archaeologist |ˌɑːrkiˈɑːlədʒɪst| — an anthropologist who studies prehistoric people and their culture

archaeology |ˌɑːrkiˈɑːlədʒi| — the branch of anthropology that studies prehistoric people and their cultures

archaic |ɑːrˈkeɪɪk| — so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period

archaism |ˈɑːrkeɪɪzəm| — the use of an archaic expression

archaistic  — imitative of an archaic style or manner

archaize |ˈɑːrkiːˌaɪz| — give an archaic appearance of character to

archangel |ˈɑːrkeɪndʒl| — an angel ranked above the highest rank in the celestial hierarchy

archbishop |ˌɑːrtʃˈbɪʃəp| — a bishop of highest rank

archbishopric |ˌɑːrtʃˈbɪʃəprɪk| — the territorial jurisdiction of an archbishop

archdeacon |ˌɑːrtʃˈdiːkən| — (Anglican Church) an ecclesiastical dignitary usually ranking just below a bishop

archdiocese |ˌɑːrtʃˈdaɪəsɪs| — the diocese of an archbishop

archduke |ˌɑːrtʃˈduːk| — a sovereign prince of the former ruling house of Austria

arched |ɑːrtʃt| — forming or resembling an arch

archeologic  — related to or dealing with or devoted to archaeology

archeological |ˌɑːrkiəˈlɑːdʒɪkəl| — related to or dealing with or devoted to archaeology

archeologist |ˌɑːrkiˈɒlədʒɪst| — an anthropologist who studies prehistoric people and their culture

Archeozoic |ˌɑːrkiːəˈzoʊɪk| — the time from 3,800 million years to 2,500 million years ago; earth's crust formed; unicellular organisms are earliest forms of life

archer |ˈɑːrtʃər| — a person who is expert in the use of a bow and arrow

archery |ˈɑːrtʃəri| — the sport of shooting arrows with a bow

archetypal |ˌɑːrkiˈtaɪpl| — representing or constituting an original type after which other similar things are patterned

archetype |ˈɑːkitaɪp| — something that serves as a model or a basis for making copies

archil |ˈɑːtʃɪl| — a purplish dye obtained from orchil lichens

archipelago |ˌɑːrkɪˈpeləɡoʊ| — a group of many islands in a large body of water

architect |ˈɑːrkɪtekt| — someone who creates plans to be used in making something (such as buildings)

architectonic |ˌɑːrkɪtekˈtɑːnɪk| — of or pertaining to construction or architecture

architectonics |ˌɑːrkɪtekˈtɒnɪks| — the science of architecture

architectural |ˌɑːrkɪˈtektʃərəl| — of or pertaining to the art and science of architecture

architecture |ˈɑːrkɪtektʃər| — an architectural product or work

architrave |ˈɑːrkɪtreɪv| — the molding around a door or window

archival |arˈkaɪvəl| — of or relating to or contained in or serving as an archive

archive |ˈɑːrkaɪv| — a depository containing historical records and documents

archives |ˈɑːrˌkaɪvz| — collection of records especially about an institution

archivist |ˈɑːrkɪvɪst| — a person in charge of collecting and cataloguing archives

archly |ˈɑːrtʃli| — in an arch manner; with playful slyness or roguishness

archness |ɑːrtʃnəs| — inappropriate playfulness

archpriest |ˈɑːtʃpriːst| — a senior clergyman and dignitary

archway |ˈɑːrtʃweɪ| — a passageway under a curved masonry construction

arcsecond  — a 60th part of a minute of arc

arctic |ˈɑːrktɪk| — the regions to the north of the Arctic Circle centered on the North Pole

arcuate |ˈɑːrkjuːɪt| — forming or resembling an arch

ardent |ˈɑːrdnt| — characterized by intense emotion

ardently |ˈɑːrdntli| — in an ardent manner

ardor |ˈɑːrdər| — a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause)

ardour |ˈɑːrdər| — a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause)

arduous |ˈɑːrdʒuəs| — characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort

are |ər| — a unit of surface area equal to 100 square meters

area |ˈeriə| — a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography)

arena |əˈriːnə| — a particular environment or walk of life

arenaceous |ˌærəˈneɪʃəs| — resembling or containing or abounding in sand; or growing in sandy areas

areola |əˈriːələ| — small space in a tissue or body part such as the area between veins on a leaf or an insect's wing

Areopagus |æriːˈɑːpəɡəs| — a hill to the to the west of the Athenian acropolis where met the highest governmental council of ancient Athens and later a judicial court

arete |əˈreɪt| — a sharp narrow ridge found in rugged mountains

argent |ˈɑːrdʒənt| — a metal tincture used in heraldry to give a silvery appearance

argentic |ɑːrˈdʒentɪk| — relating to compounds in which silver is bivalent

argentiferous |ˌɑːrdʒənˈtɪfərəs| — containing or yielding silver

argentine |ˈɑːrdʒəntaɪn| — any of various small silver-scaled salmon-like marine fishes

argil |ˈɑːrdʒɪl| — a white clay (especially a white clay used by potters)

argillaceous |ɑːrdʒəˈleɪʃəs| — resembling or containing clay

argle-bargle |ˈɑːɡ(ə)lˌbɑːɡ(ə)l| — a verbal dispute; a wrangling argument

argon |ˈɑːrɡɑːn| — a colorless and odorless inert gas; one of the six inert gases; comprises approximately 1% of the earth's atmosphere

Argonaut |ˈɑːrɡəˌnɒt| — someone engaged in a dangerous but potentially rewarding adventure

argosy |ˈɑːrɡəsi| — one or more large merchant ships

argot |ˈɑːrɡət| — a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves)

arguable |ˈɑːrɡjuəbl| — capable of being supported by argument

arguably |ˈɑːrɡjuəbli| — as can be shown by argument

argue |ˈɑːrɡjuː| — present reasons and arguments

argufy |ˈɑːrɡjəˌfaɪ| — have a disagreement over something

argument |ˈɑːrɡjumənt| — a fact or assertion offered as evidence that something is true

argumentation |ˌɑːrɡjumənˈteɪʃn| — a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal

argumentative |ˌɑːrɡjuˈmentətɪv| — given to or characterized by argument

Argus |ˈɑːrɡəs| — (Greek mythology) a giant with 100 eyes; was guardian of the heifer Io and was slain by Hermes

Argus-eyed |ˈɑːrɡəs aɪd| — having very keen vision

argy-bargy |ˌɑːrdʒi ˈbɑːrdʒi| — a verbal dispute; a wrangling argument

aria |ˈɑːriə| — an elaborate song for solo voice

arid |ˈærɪd| — lacking sufficient water or rainfall

aridity |eˈrɪdəti| — the quality of yielding nothing of value

aridness |ˈærɪdnəs| — a deficiency of moisture (especially when resulting from a permanent absence of rainfall)

Aries |ˈeriːz| — (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Aries

aright |əˈraɪt| — in an accurate manner

aril |ˈerəl| — fleshy and usually brightly colored cover of some seeds that develops from the ovule stalk and partially or entirely envelops the seed

ariose  — having a melody (as distinguished from recitative)

arioso |ˌɑːriːˈoʊsoʊ| — (music) a short recitative that is melodic but is not an aria

arise |əˈraɪz| — come into existence; take on form or shape

arista |əˈrɪstə| — bristlelike process near the tip of the antenna of certain flies

aristocracy |ˌærɪˈstɑːkrəsi| — a privileged class holding hereditary titles

aristocrat |əˈrɪstəkræt| — a member of the aristocracy

aristocratic |əˌrɪstəˈkrætɪk| — belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy

aristocratical  — belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy

Aristotelian |ˌærɪstəˈtiːliən| — a follower of Aristotle or an adherent of Aristotelianism

arithmetic |əˈrɪθmətɪk| — the branch of pure mathematics dealing with the theory of numerical calculations

arithmetical |ˌærɪθˈmetɪkəl| — relating to or involving arithmetic

arithmetician |əˌrɪθməˈtɪʃən| — someone who specializes in arithmetic

ark |ˈɑːrk| — (Judaism) sacred chest where the ancient Hebrews kept the two tablets containing the Ten Commandments

arm |ɑːrm| — a human limb; technically the part of the superior limb between the shoulder and the elbow but commonly used to refer to the whole superior limb

arm-twisting |ˈɑːmˌtwɪstɪŋ| — persuasion by the use of direct personal pressure

armada |ɑːrˈmɑːdə| — a large fleet

armadillo |ˌɑːrməˈdɪloʊ| — burrowing chiefly nocturnal mammal with body covered with strong horny plates

Armageddon |ˌɑːrməˈɡedn| — (New Testament) the scene of the final battle between the kings of the Earth at the end of the world

armament |ˈɑːrməmənt| — weaponry used by military or naval force

armature |ˈɑːrmətʃər| — coil in which voltage is induced by motion through a magnetic field

armband |ˈɑːrmbænd| — worn around arm as identification or to indicate mourning

armchair |ˈɑːrmtʃer| — chair with a support on each side for arms

armed |ɑːrmd| — (used of persons or the military) characterized by having or bearing arms

Armenian |arˈmiːniən| — a native or inhabitant of Armenia

armful |ˈɑːrmfʊl| — the quantity that can be contained in the arms

armhole |ˈɑːrmhoʊl| — a hole through which you put your arm and where a sleeve can be attached

armiger |ˈɑːrməɡər| — a squire carrying the armor of a knight

arming |ˈɑːrmɪŋ| — the act of equiping with weapons in preparation for war

armistice |ˈɑːrmɪstɪs| — a state of peace agreed to between opponents so they can discuss peace terms

armless |ˈɑːmlɪs| — having no arms

armlet |ˈɑːrmlət| — a band worn around the arm for decoration

armor |ˈɑrmər| — protective covering made of metal and used in combat

armor-bearer  — a squire carrying the armor of a knight

armor-clad  — covered with heavy steel

armor-plated |ˌɑːməˈpleɪtɪd| — covered with heavy steel

armored |ˈɑrmərd| — equipped with the complete arms and armor of a warrior

armorer |ˈɑːrmərər| — a worker skilled in making armor or arms

armorial |ɑːrˈmɔːriəl| — of or relating to heraldry or heraldic arms

armory |ˈɑːrməri| — a collection of resources

armour |ˈɑːrmər| — a military unit consisting of armored fighting vehicles

armour-clad |klæd| — covered with heavy steel

armour-plated |ˈɑːməˈpleɪtɪd| — covered with heavy steel

armoured |ˈɑːrmərd| — used of animals; provided with protective covering

armourer |ˈɑːrmərər| — a worker skilled in making armor or arms

armoury |ˈɑːrməri| — a collection of resources

armpit |ˈɑːrmpɪt| — the hollow under the arm where it is joined to the shoulder

armrest |ˈɑːrmrest| — a support for the arm

arms |ɑːrmz| — weapons considered collectively

army |ˈɑːrmi| — a permanent organization of the military land forces of a nation or state

arnica |ˈɑːrnɪkə| — used especially in treating bruises

aroma |əˈroʊmə| — any property detected by the olfactory system

aromatic |ˌærəˈmætɪk| — having a strong pleasant odor

aromatize |əˈrəʊmətʌɪz| — fill or impregnate with an odor

around |əˈraʊnd| — in the area or vicinity

around-the-clock |klɑːk| — at all times

arousal |əˈraʊzl| — the act of arousing

arouse |əˈraʊz| — call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)

arquebus |ˈɑːrkwɪbəs| — an obsolete firearm with a long barrel

arrack |ˈærək| — any of various strong liquors distilled from the fermented sap of toddy palms or from fermented molasses

arraign |əˈreɪn| — call before a court to answer an indictment

arraignment |əˈreɪnmənt| — a legal document calling someone to court to answer an indictment

arrange |əˈreɪndʒ| — put into a proper or systematic order

arranged |əˈreɪndʒd| — planned in advance

arrangement |əˈreɪndʒmənt| — the thing arranged or agreed to

arranger |əˈreɪndʒə| — a person who brings order and organization to an enterprise

arrant |ˈærənt| — without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers

arras |ˈerəs| — a wall hanging of heavy handwoven fabric often with pictorial designs

array |əˈreɪ| — an orderly arrangement

arrears |əˈrɪrz| — the state of being behind in payments

arrest |əˈrest| — the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)

arrester |əˈrestər| — a restraint that slows airplanes as they land on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier

arresting |əˈrestɪŋ| — commanding attention

arrhythmia |əˈrɪðmiə| — an abnormal rate of muscle contractions in the heart

arrival |əˈraɪvl| — accomplishment of an objective

arrive |əˈraɪv| — reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress

arriviste |ˌæriːˈviːst| — a person who has suddenly risen to a higher economic status but has not gained social acceptance of others in that class

arrogance |ˈærəɡəns| — overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner toward inferiors

arrogant |ˈærəɡənt| — having or showing feelings of unwarranted importance out of overbearing pride

arrogantly |ˈærəɡəntli| — in an arrogant manner

arrogate |ˈærəɡeɪt| — demand as being one's due or property; assert one's right or title to

arrow |ˈæroʊ| — a mark to indicate a direction or relation

arrowhead |ˈæroʊhed| — the pointed head or striking tip of an arrow

arrowroot |ˈæroʊruːt| — a nutritive starch obtained from the root of the arrowroot plant

arse |ɑːrs| — the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on

arsehole |ˈɑːrshoʊl| — vulgar slang for anus

arsenal |ˈɑːrsənl| — all the weapons and equipment that a country has

arsenic |ˈɑːrsnɪk| — a white powdered poisonous trioxide of arsenic; used in manufacturing glass and as a pesticide (rat poison) and weed killer

arsenical |ɑːrˈsenɪkəl| — a pesticide or drug containing arsenic

arsenious |ɑːˈsiːnɪəs| — relating to compounds in which arsenic is trivalent

arson |ˈɑːrsn| — malicious burning to destroy property

arsonist |ˈɑːrsənɪst| — a criminal who illegally sets fire to property

art |ɑːrt| — the products of human creativity; works of art collectively

Artemis |ˈɑːrtɪmɪs| — (Greek mythology) the virgin goddess of the hunt and the Moon; daughter of Leto and twin sister of Apollo; identified with Roman Diana

arterial |ɑːrˈtɪriəl| — of or involving or contained in the arteries

arteriosclerosis |arˌtɪrioʊskləˈroʊsəs| — sclerosis of the arterial walls

artery |ˈɑːrtəri| — a blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the body

artesian |ˌɑːrˈtiːʒən| — (of water) rising to the surface under internal hydrostatic pressure

artful |ˈɑːrtfl| — not straightforward or candid; giving a false appearance of frankness

artfully |ˈɑːrtfəli| — in an artful manner

artfulness |ˈɑːrtflnəs| — the quality of being adroit in taking unfair advantage

arthritic |ɑːrˈθrɪtɪk| — a person afflicted with arthritis

arthritis |ɑːrˈθraɪtɪs| — inflammation of a joint or joints

arthropod |ˈɑːrθrəpɑːd| — invertebrate having jointed limbs and a segmented body with an exoskeleton made of chitin

Arthurian |arˈθʊriən| — of or relating to King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table

artichoke |ˈɑːrtətʃoʊk| — Mediterranean thistlelike plant widely cultivated for its large edible flower head

article |ˈɑːrtɪkl| — nonfictional prose forming an independent part of a publication

articular |ɑːrˈtɪkjələr| — relating to or affecting the joints of the body

articulate |ɑːrˈtɪkjuleɪt| — provide with a joint

articulated |ɑːrˈtɪkjuleɪtɪd| — consisting of segments held together by joints

articulation |ɑːrˌtɪkjuˈleɪʃn| — the aspect of pronunciation that involves bringing articulatory organs together so as to shape the sounds of speech

artifact |ˈɑrt̬əˌfækt| — a man-made object taken as a whole

artifice |ˈɑːrtɪfɪs| — a deceptive maneuver (especially to avoid capture)

artificer |ɑːrˈtɪfɪsər| — someone who is the first to think of or make something

artificial |ˌɑːrtɪˈfɪʃl| — artificially formal

artificiality |ˌɑːrtɪˌfɪʃiˈæləti| — the quality of being produced by people and not occurring naturally

artificially |ˌɑːrtɪˈfɪʃəli| — not according to nature; not by natural means

artillery |ɑːrˈtɪləri| — large but transportable armament

artilleryman |ɑːrˈtɪlərimən| — a serviceman in the artillery

artisan |ˈɑːrtəzn| — a skilled worker who practices some trade or handicraft

artist |ˈɑːrtɪst| — a person whose creative work shows sensitivity and imagination

artiste |ɑːrˈtiːst| — a public performer (a dancer or singer)

artistic |ɑːrˈtɪstɪk| — satisfying aesthetic standards and sensibilities

artistically |ɑːrˈtɪstɪkli| — in an artistic manner

artistry |ˈɑːrtɪstri| — a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation

artless |ˈɑːrtləs| — showing lack of art

arts |ˈɑːrts| — studies intended to provide general knowledge and intellectual skills (rather than occupational or professional skills)

artsy-craftsy  — pretentiously artistic; cloyingly charming

artwork |ˈɑːrtwɜːrk| — photographs or other visual representations in a printed publication

arty |ˈɑːrti| — showily imitative of art or artists

arty-crafty |ˌɑːrtɪ ˈkræfti| — pretentiously artistic; cloyingly charming

arum |ˈerəm| — starch resembling sago that is obtained from cuckoopint root

Aryan |ˈeriən| — (according to Nazi doctrine) a Caucasian person of Nordic descent (and not a Jew)