Widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. Serves as a guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world. Traces the usage of words through 3 million quotations, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to films scripts and cookery books.
The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary is based on the print version of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate® Dictionary, Eleventh Edition.
A list of Bible dictionaries available at NU.
Find dictionaries in the library’s collections.
- Greek English dictionaries
- Spanish English dictionaries
- Shakespeare dictionaries
- Medical dictionaries
A dictionary contains brief explanatory entries for terms and topics in a specific language, subject, or field of inquiry, usually arranged alphabetically.
Entries in a dictionary are generally shorter than those in an encyclopedia on the same subject, but sometimes the word “dictionary” will be used in the title of something that would be considered an encyclopedia. Example: The Dictionary of the Middle Ages is a 13-volume set.
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