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With more than 4,000 full-color photographs and illustrations, innovative notes on regionalisms and language change, new and updated usage guidance from the leading authorities, and more than 10,000 new words and senses, The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language represents the ultimate in lexical reference.
Discover the richness of the English language in ways you never have before, with The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, available in a book and CD-ROM package that includes more than 1,000 color photographs, illustrations, and maps from the print edition; nearly 70,000 spoken pronunciations, definitions, and usage information that can be obtained instantly by highlighting and right-clicking on words in any Microsoft Office application; a simple search feature to find the word you want (even if you don't know how to spell it); and separately searchable indexes of all images and note features.
History of The American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage Dictionary was conceived in the 1960s as an alterative to dictionaries that failed to provide clear guidance and labeling about usage and that were both difficult to use and unpleasant to read. The First Edition of the The American Heritage Dictionary did what no other dictionary had done. It offered usage guidance reflecting the opinions of a panel of distinguished writers, educators, and speakers. It recorded word histories, including Indo-European roots, in a manner that would be comprehensible to the general reader. It presented broader and clearer coverage of physical science and technology than its predecessors. And it was presented in an attractive design, using photographs, drawings, and maps for both editorial and illustrative purposes.
Since then the editors at Houghton Mifflin Company have upheld the high standards of The American Heritage Dictionary with each succeeding edition. The Second College Edition was published in 1982 with an updated vocabulary. It sold widely, especially on college campuses. The Third Edition, published in 1992, expanded the scope of the dictionary. It was hailed by The New York Times as "the most pleasurable dictionary ever published, and one of the most useful...more suited to our national character than any previous edition."
This Fourth Edition combines tradition with innovation in a work that is uniquely suited to American language and culture at the dawn of the 21st century. The Fourth Edition has been redesigned in full color for a new generation of visually sophisticated consumers. Its content is supported by the most detailed and up-to-date illustrations and photographs available today. It has a number of key editorial innovations that make it unlike any other dictionary: 10,000 new words and senses in all areas of endeavor, Usage Notes reflecting the latest opinions of the Usage Panel on both traditional and emerging usage issues, a new Appendix of Semitic Roots that ties together English words that have come to us through Semitic languages, and a new series of notes addressing the social dimension of language variation and change. The Fourth Edition thus represents a further step in the American Heritage tradition, presenting the very best lexical scholarship in a dictionary that is inviting and accessible to the general reader.