What is a Dictionary?

Dictionary is the Universe in Alphabetical Order (Anatole France) and full of suggestion, the raw material of possible poems and histories (R.W. Emerson).

Well. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a dictionary is:

A book dealing with the individual words of a language (or certain specified classes of them), so as to set forth their orthography, pronunciation, signification and use, their synonyms, derivation and history or at least some of these facts. For convenience of reference, the words are arranged in some stated order, now in most languages, alphabetical. And in larger dictionaries the information given is illustrated by quotations from literature.

A dictionary is a word-book, vocabulary or lexicon.

A dictionary is also known (at various times) as abcedariaum, alveary (bee-hive) calepin, catholicon, glossary, ortus (garden), polyglot, lexicon, thesaurus, verbal, word-book and world of words.

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