American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A book of synonyms, often including related and contrasting words and antonyms.
- n. A book of selected words or concepts, such as a specialized vocabulary of a particular field, as of medicine or music.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A treasury; a store; especially, thesaurus verborum, or simply thesaurus, a treasury of words; a lexicon.
- n. A publication, usually in the form of book, that provides synonyms (and sometimes antonyms) for the words of a given language.
- n. archaic A dictionary or encyclopedia.
- n. information science A hierarchy of subject headings—canonic titles of themes and topics, the titles serving as search keys.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A treasury or storehouse; hence, a repository, especially of knowledge; -- often applied to a comprehensive work, like a dictionary or cyclopedia.
- n. a book containing a classified list of synonyms
- 16th century, from Latin thēsaurus, from Ancient Greek θησαυρός (thēsauros, "storehouse, treasure"); its current English usage/meaning was established soon after the publication of Peter Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases in 1852 (Wiktionary)
- Latin thēsaurus, treasury, from Greek thēsauros. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“First there is a dig about people who write pretentiously: in blogworld, demonstrable ownership of a thesaurus is shorthand for 'good writing style”
“A lot of people seem to think the ability to use a thesaurus is all it takes to be a good writer.”
“Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word.”
“From Stephen King: Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word.”
“Yes, but does Blethen know what a thesaurus is and how to use it?”
“Great - somebody got a freakin thesaurus and a word of the day calendar for christmas.”
“The word thesaurus, as we are continually told in the prefaces to books dealing with synonyms, comes from the Greek word meaning ` treasury. ”
“Dissatisfied with the stilted term thesaurus, he cast about for the mot juste and happily came up with promptory (derived from a Medieval Latin word meaning ` storehouse, repository ') as a better name for a book constructed for prompt reference and to prompt those who search for the right word.”
“Of course, if you are looking for synonyms then a thesaurus is a wonderful guide, the most famous being Roget’s Thesaurus.”
“Caitlin ...... [keekee jo] says: not to cheating i mean to byron the "thesaurus" - a small dinosaur that often uses fluttery language to extracate itself from possibly harmful situations says: im trying to find a way to put this so if i dont get it right the first time i'll try again later”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘thesaurus’.
Hopefully, I'll be using this site for more than one year. It will be fun then to look back and see what new words I found worthy of notice in any given year.
All words spotted in 2008...
need to know these words!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
words about letters and words
The interesting ones. :)
wanna know english deeply.
Looking for tweets for thesaurus.