The American Heritage Desk Dictionary and Thesaurus

Overview

The dictionary contains 70,000 entries, including extensive coverage of new words and meanings. The thesaurus contains 150,000 synonyms that are alphabetically arranged on each page to correlate with the dictionary entries on the same page.

With its unique format and user-friendly features, The American Heritage Desk Dictionary and Thesaurus is a convenient and invaluable resource on words.

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Overview

The dictionary contains 70,000 entries, including extensive coverage of new words and meanings. The thesaurus contains 150,000 synonyms that are alphabetically arranged on each page to correlate with the dictionary entries on the same page.

With its unique format and user-friendly features, The American Heritage Desk Dictionary and Thesaurus is a convenient and invaluable resource on words.

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Editorial Reviews

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A cross between a traditional Roget's and an A-to-Z thesaurus, this resource uses an alphabetical arrangement to present 20,000 headword entries and 150,000 cross-referencing synonyms. The headword entries present actual groups of synonyms, as the publisher's other so-called synonyms are actually cross references to the headword entries. Thesaurus entries are located at the bottom of each page, while dictionary definitions from the same part of the alphabet are located at the top. Approximately 70,000 dictionary definitions are included, the same number found in the 2003 edition of the American Heritage Desk Dictionary. Lacking the well-known usage panel, the new dictionary's brief definitions offer no etymology. Inevitably, this work competes with The Oxford Desk Dictionary and Thesaurus (2002), the Oxford American Dictionary and Thesaurus with Language Guide (2003), and the second edition of Webster's New World Dictionary and Thesaurus (WNW). Relying on a similar split-page design, WNW offers longer definitions and includes some etymology; its thesaurus entries also seem longer, though there are fewer entries-13,000, to be exact. Still, WNW is not consistently superior to American Heritage. For example, the headword "capricious" lists over 20 synonyms in American Heritage, while WNW offers no listing at all. In addition, both resources from Oxford directly follow many dictionary definitions with thesaurus entries in the same alphabetical listing and likewise both offer far more entries than American Heritage for competitive prices. Bottom Line The main strength of this dictionary, certainly for readers willing to flip pages, are the numerous cross-referencing synonyms that guide to headwords. Recommended for larger collections.-Marianne Orme, Des Plaines P.L., IL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618592616
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Series: Edition 001 Series
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 864
  • Sales rank: 921,481
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

The Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries are a team of professional lexicographers with advanced degrees in various scholarly fields. The editors familiarize themselves with the vocabulary in specific subject areas, collect materials on new developments and usage, and work with expert consultants to ensure that the content of our publications is as accurate and as up-to-date as possible.

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Table of Contents

Guide to the Dictionary and Thesaurus vii
Abbreviations Used in This Dictionary and Thesaurus x
Pronunciation Key xii
Dictionary and Thesaurus 1
Appendix 841
Books of the Bible 842
Three Principal Calendars 843
Currency 844
Measurement 846
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