from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A list of often difficult or specialized words with their definitions, often placed at the back of a book.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A list of terms in a particular domain of knowledge with their definitions.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A collection of glosses or explanations of words and passages of a work or author; a partial dictionary of a work, an author, a dialect, art, or science, explaining archaic, technical, or other uncommon words.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A collection of glosses or explanations of words, especially of words not in general use, as those of a dialect, a locality, or an art or science, or of particular words used by an old or a foreign author; a vocabulary or dictionary of limited scope.
  • n. Synonyms Dictionary, Lexicon, etc. See vocabulary.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an alphabetical list of technical terms in some specialized field of knowledge; usually published as an appendix to a text on that field


Middle English glosarie, from Latin glōssārium, from glōssa, foreign word; see gloss2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin glossārium, from γλῶσσα (glossa, "tongue"). (Wiktionary)



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