The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition

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You are your words. Make the most of them!

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language is the premier resource for anyone who wants to know precisely what words mean, where they come from, and how to use them effectively. It is renowned for presenting accurate and comprehensible definitions, etymologies based on the latest research, and authoritative usage guidance from the celebrated American Heritage® Usage Panel.

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Overview

You are your words. Make the most of them!

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language is the premier resource for anyone who wants to know precisely what words mean, where they come from, and how to use them effectively. It is renowned for presenting accurate and comprehensible definitions, etymologies based on the latest research, and authoritative usage guidance from the celebrated American Heritage® Usage Panel.

The fifth edition of the dictionary, published in 2011, included 10,000 new words and senses, as well as 4,000 new full-color images. This comprehensive update continues the tradition of exhaustive research and thorough review. Nearly 1,000 revisions to definitions and etymologies, 100 new words and senses, updated charts and tables, and new usage advice make this version the most current print dictionary of its size available today.

The American Heritage® Dictionary combines clear, precise defintions with useful features that make it easier to choose your words and express yourself clearly. Your words really do define you. Make the most of them with the guidance of this respected work of reference.

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This beautiful new edition contains 2112 pages. The app (a $24.99 value) puts the entire dictionary at your fingertips anytime, anywhere, making this one of the most comprehensive and useful resources available on a mobile device.

Catherine Whitlow

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Rewritten to "reflect contemporary knowledge and culture," this edition defines some 10,000 new words and senses not in the previous work (2000). Notes on usage, history, synonyms, variations, and changes have been added. Providing both biographical and geographical entries, the dictionary uses quotes to show a word in context as well as for usage guidance. Photographs and illustrations, more than 4000 in all, abound. An essay on Indo-European and its speakers introduces Appendix 1, which traces the derivations of English words that come from selected Indo-European roots. Appendix 2 is preceded by an essay on proto-Semitic language and culture. The meaning of the Semitic root is given, followed by explanations of words that have that root. Aesthetically, this edition is pleasing; bold, blue entry words contrast sharply with pronunciations, definitions, and usage notes printed in black ink. The slightly older New Oxford American Dictionary (3d ed., Oxford Univ., 2010) is about the same length and is the same price, but its arrangement is slightly different, as it concentrates on the "core" senses of words. BOTTOM LINE This dictionary is highly recommended for its comprehensiveness, its pleasing layout, and its currency.—Marilyn S. Lary, San Bernardino, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547041018
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 2112
  • Sales rank: 71,507
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 2.60 (d)

Meet the Author

The Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries and of other reference titles published by Houghton Mifflin Company are trained lexicographers with a varied array of interests and expertise. Most of the editors hold graduate degrees and have studied at least one foreign language. Several have degrees in linguistics or in the history of the English language. Others have degrees in science or sometimes other disciplines. All the editors familiarize themselves with the vocabulary in specific subject areas, collect materials on new developments and usage, and work in association with consultants to ensure that the content of our publications is as accurate and as up-to-date as possible.

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  • Posted January 15, 2015

    The Only Dictionary You Should Consider

    Full of annotations, current usage clarifications (e.g. Is there still a distinction made between "disinterested" and "uninterested"?), comprehensive word roots, and beautiful colored pictures make this the only dictionary to have. I've found that my students really want to find out more about words because of the AH 5th Edition -- and of course, a hard cover book like this allows you to browse or stumble upon new words like no website or app can.

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    Great Dictionary!

    Great Dictionary!

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