noun (plural dictionaries)
- Apart from in books and dictionaries it was a word that was hardly heard.
- Mark Twain claimed never to have coined a word as far as he knew, though historical dictionaries list him as the first user of many.
- The latest dictionary contains new words and phrases that sum up life in the UK today.
- Instead I had to settle for a couple of old-fashioned dictionaries of quotations.
- The standard dictionaries of English quotations don't have a single Indian entry.
- Save for a brief quotation from a dictionary of folklore, I have so far neglected Anglo-Saxon attitudes.
- If it finds something in your text that isn't in the dictionary, you are offered a list of alternatives you can include instead.
- There are tools on the Internet that use dictionaries of common words and phrases to crack a password.
- I wanted to remove the misspelled word from the dictionary, but couldn't figure out how to do it.
have swallowed a dictionary
- informal Use long and obscure words when speaking.Example sentences
- The reception was held in the Armagh City Hotel and by all accounts everybody swore that Noel had swallowed a dictionary because of all the big words he used during the speech.
- Hulme seems to have swallowed a dictionary and the results are arch and self-congratulatory.
- It sounds like someone has swallowed a dictionary and is trying to justify a wishy wash outlook.
Early 16th century: from medieval Latin dictionarium (manuale) or dictionarius (liber) 'manual or book of words', from Latin dictio (see diction).
lexicon from early 17th century:
While a dictionary (early 16th century) goes back to the Latin dicere ‘to speak’, lexicon comes from Greek lexikon (biblion) ‘(book) of words’, from lexis ‘word’, from legein ‘speak’.
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