A publication that gives definitions of words. Works with more detailed entries are called encyclopedias.
A book of words in a language, arranged alphabetically, which provides information about spelling, meaning, etymology (origins), function, pronunciation, etc. A pictorial dictionary includes illustrations of the objects represented by the words listed.
Some dictionaries are specialized. Examples:
- Dictionary of Acronyms and Abbreviations
- Dictionary of American Slang
- Dictionary of Literary Terms