noun (plural dictionaries)
- 1A book or electronic resource that lists the words of a language (typically in alphabetical order) and gives their meaning, or gives the equivalent words in a different language, often also providing information about pronunciation, origin, and usage: I’ll look up ‘love’ in the dictionary the website gives access to an online dictionary [as modifier]: the dictionary definition of ‘smile’More example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1A reference book on a particular subject, the items of which are typically arranged in alphabetical order: a dictionary of quotationsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2 Computing A set of words or other text strings made for use in applications such as spellcheckers: the worm attempts to crack account passwords using a built-in dictionaryMore example sentences
- It uses a myriad of hacking tools as well as a 340-million-word dictionary to unlock passwords.
- The first attack is to test a dictionary of about 1,000 common passwords, things like ‘letmein’, ‘password’, ‘123456’ and so on.
- 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.More 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).