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Body piercing is in. So are buffalo wings, killer apps, and yada-yada-yada.

If it's an important new word, you will find it here first...in the all new 50th Anniversary edition of the RANDOM HOUSE WEBSTER'S COLLEGE DICTIONARY. Unlike any other college dictionary, Random house Webster's uses the state-of-the-art Living Dictionary Database™ to enable its team of expert editors to add new words as soon as they become current—faster than any other dictionary. RANDOM HOUSE WEBSTER'S COLLEGE DICTIONARY not only brings you Newer Words Faster, but always lists the most common, up-to-date meanings first, to help you find what you're looking for more quickly and easily.

RANDOM HOUSE WEBSTER'S COLLEGE DICTIONARY allows you to be up-to-date, guided by the best advice on English usage—such as how to avoid insensitive and offensive language in your writing or speaking. Best of all, this all-new edition features rewritten definitions for extra clarity and precision, to help you understand at a glance the meaning of words.

Why Choose Any Other Dictionary?


  • Over 160,000 entries and 175,000 definitions—more than any other college dictionary!

    Hundreds of new words and meanings found for the first time in a college dictionary—like intranet, Ebonics, nonstarter, olestra, same-sex, Megan's law, TV-Y, and Web site.

    All new design and illustrations! A modern new type design and hundreds of completely new digitally rendered illustrations make definitions even easier to understand!

    Expert usage notes—written by noted usage specialists—offer clear explanations of important nuances ofEnglish usage.

    The one-step reference resource! Includes up-to-date biographical and geographical entries—plus 8 pages of world maps. Also contains an indispensable Guide for Writers and additional essays to help you use English more effectively.

"...offers more than 160,000 entries and 175,000 definitions listing the most common, current definitions first."

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Editorial Reviews

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In 1947 Random House launched its first dictionary, the celebrated American College Dictionary. Today, half a century later, the publisher is recognized as one of the premier lexicographic houses in North America, noted for its careful attention to new vocabulary, both standard and nonstandard. Fittingly, Random House marks its 50th anniversary in the dictionary business with these two major publications, both of which will be familiar to librarians. Volume 2 (H-O) of the slang dictionary, which adds about 10,000 main entries to the corpus, maintains the impressive quality that distinguished Volume 1 (LJ 8/94). The final volume (Q-Z) is scheduled for publication in 2000. This is simply the best slang dictionary ever compiled, and all but the smallest public and academic libraries should have it. The College Dictionary, a descendant of the aforementioned American College Dictionary, first appeared under its current title six years ago (LJ 6/15/91). The new edition is a thorough update, offering first-rate coverage and treatment of American English as used in the mid-1990s. For instance, "chat room" is here, as is the latest connotation of "closure." It competes well with other dictionaries in its class, including Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (LJ 9/1/93) and the American Heritage College Dictionary (1993. 3d ed.). Essential for most collections.Ken Kister, author of "Best Encyclopedias," Tampa, Fla.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679455707
  • Publisher: Random House Information Group
  • Publication date: 7/1/1997
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1534
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 9.87 (h) x 2.16 (d)

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