from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A publication, usually in the form of a book, that provides synonyms (and sometimes antonyms) for the words of a given language.
- n. A dictionary or encyclopedia.
- n. A hierarchy of subject headings—canonic titles of themes and topics, the titles serving as search keys.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A treasury or storehouse; hence, a repository, especially of knowledge; -- often applied to a comprehensive work, like a dictionary or cyclopedia.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A treasury; a store; especially, thesaurus verborum, or simply thesaurus, a treasury of words; a lexicon.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a book containing a classified list of synonyms
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