Definitions

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

  • n. A lexicon, vocabulary, or dictionary.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dictionary or other reference book that lists words; a lexicon, vocabulary.
  • n. The libretto of an opera.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A collection of words; a vocabulary; a dictionary; a lexicon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A book containing words with their explanations, arranged in alphabetical or other regular order; a vocabulary; a dictionary; a lexicon.

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

  • n. a reference book containing words (usually with their meanings)

Etymologies

1590, from word +‎ book. Cognate with West Frisian wurdboek ("dictionary"), Dutch woordenboek ("dictionary"), German Wörterbuch ("dictionary"), Swedish ordbok ("dictionary"), Danish ordbog ("dictionary"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • When the Bible is hard to understand, that is an important clue - not that we should get a Bible wordbook and begin looking for words that sound like the name of a president, but that we should instead put effort into learning the relevant languages, history and other such background materials.

    Demystifying the Bible

  • In my wordbook objective means “undistorted by emotion or personal bias” and “based on observable phenomena.”

    Juckes and the Sargasso Sea « Climate Audit

  • Some of the sub-directories contain resources for the basic running of OpenOffice. org, such as/database (the default bibliography database),/LastSession (autorecovery after crashes), psprint (printing) and/wordbook (the default dictionary).

    Linux Journal - The Original Magazine of the Linux Community

  • Well, it hasn't been published yet - but the idea of a recessional wordbook has got potential.

    Irish Blogs

  • [A new light is thrown upon this favourite expression of Pepys's when speaking of his wife by the following quotation from a Midland wordbook: "Wretch, n., often used as an expression of endearment or sympathy.

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys, May 1667

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