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A dictionary is a publication that gives definitions of words. Works with more detailed entries are called encyclopedias.


A dictionary is 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 to certain fields.


  • Dictionary of Acronyms and Abbreviations
  • Dictionary of American Slang
  • Dictionary of Literary Terms
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