Definition of glossary in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡlɒs(ə)ri/

noun (plural glossaries)

An alphabetical list of words relating to a specific subject, text, or dialect, with explanations; a brief dictionary: a glossary of Inuktitut words
More example sentences
  • We are frequently faced with a translation that has many source language words, and a glossary longer than the text itself.
  • A glossary giving a brief explanation of many technical terms reinforces this impression.
  • It is especially useful that words defined in the glossary are in bold in the text.



Pronunciation: /ɡlɒˈsɛːrɪəl/
Example sentences
  • It attracted also those commentary and glossarial aids that constituted an individual and non-canonical contribution.
  • The text of Chaucer is based on ‘A glossarial concordance to the Riverside Chaucer’, which is based on the third edition of ‘The Riverside Chaucer’.
  • In these undeleted glossarial remains of the language, we have witnesses to facts and conditions of nations long since past, and preceding historic record.


Pronunciation: /ˈɡlɒs(ə)rɪst/
Example sentences
  • So it had been also with Zenophon and other glossarists of Homer, and with various students of the Chinese classics by the early 3rd century.
  • Similar explanations are given by other glossarists, and thus the evidence of etymological scholarship as well as that of folk-lore support the Psychological Theory.
  • All of these are ‘magazines of falsehoods,’ if accepted in the exoteric dead-letter interpretations of their ancient, and especially their modern, theological glossarists.


Late Middle English: from Latin glossarium, from glossa (see gloss2).

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