The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition

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The much-anticipated Fifth Edition of The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language is the premier resource about words for people who seek to know more and find fresh perspectives.

This dictionary presents the most up-to-date research about the words in our language in an accessible and elegant design. The landmark Fifth Edition contains

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The much-anticipated Fifth Edition of The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language is the premier resource about words for people who seek to know more and find fresh perspectives.

This dictionary presents the most up-to-date research about the words in our language in an accessible and elegant design. The landmark Fifth Edition contains 10,000 new words and senses, over 4,000 new full-color images, and comprehensive, up-to-date guidance on usage from the celebrated American Heritage® Usage Panel.

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Library Journal
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547041018
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
11/01/2011
Pages:
2112
Sales rank:
117,116
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 11.20(h) x 2.60(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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