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The all-new Fourth Edition of the American Heritageand#174; Dictionary of the English Language offers more information about the language, in a more accessible format, than any other dictionary in its class. And its elegant, inviting design makes it the most handsome reference book on the market.
The Editors of the American Heritageand#174; Dictionary have added over 10,000 new words and senses. From slang and popular culture to the latest medical, high-tech, and scientific terms, the Fourth Edition's vocabulary has been thoroughly updated to reflect our constantly changing language.
Fresh, full-color design. Over 4,000 full-color photographs, drawings, and maps enhance the American Heritageand#174; Dictionaryand#8217;s definitions and make browsing irresistible.
Trustworthy usage guidance. The American Heritageand#174; Dictionary has distinguished itself for decades by offering clear and comprehensive usage guidance. Hundreds of new and updated Usage Notes, based on the results of surveys sent to the more than 200 scholars and writers who comprise our Usage Panel, help you make informed decisions about usage questions you face every day.
More in-depth note features than any other dictionary. Word Histories, Synonym Paragraphs, and Regional Notes explore the language in a breadth and depth unequaled by any other dictionary.
All-new Our Living Language Notes. A fascinating new series of Notes illustrates how social factors such as age and ethnicity influence the way our language is shaped by speakers from all walks of life.
Unrivaled biographies and geographies. The American Heritageand#174; Dictionary has long been known for its expansive treatment of biographical and geographical entries. These informative capsule summaries have been thoroughly updated for the Fourth Edition.
Two unique Appendixes. Discover the hidden connections between words in the newly expanded Appendix of Indo-European Roots and in the all-new Appendix of Semitic Roots. The American Heritageand#174; Dictionary offers you the most thorough and intriguing view of the history of words to be found in any dictionary.
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.
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. Exhaustively researched and thoroughly revised, the Fifth Edition contains 10,000 new words and senses, over 4,000 dazzling new full-color images, and authoritative, up-to-date guidance on usage from the celebrated American Heritage® Usage Panel.
In keeping with the American Heritage tradition of cutting-edge research, the Fifth Edition represents the work of a dedicated team of experts, scholars, and contributors. Thousands of definitions have been revised in rapidly changing fields such as astronomy and biology, geographical entries and maps have been completely updated, and the dictionarys signature feature notes on word history, synonymy, and language variation have been enhanced and improved.
Trustworthy advice on controversies and conundrums in English usage is provided by the American Heritage Usage Panel, a group of 200 prominent users of the language. Under the leadership of Steven Pinker, preeminent researcher on language and the mind, the Panel passes judgment on both new and longstanding usage problems. No other dictionary offers such discerning and helpful guidance on issues of usage, grammar, and style.
Word meanings are made easier to understand with thousands of new quotations from classic and contemporary writers. Etymologies explaining word origins and development have been newly created or revised to reflect the very latest scholarship. Many words are traced back to their roots in prehistory through two unique appendixes showing word roots in ancient Indo-European and Semitic.
Reliable, enlightening, and visually stunning, the Fifth Edition of The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language gives you the opportunity to make your mark in the best possible way.
Discover the richness of the English language in ways you never have before, with The American Heritageand#174; Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, available in a book and CD-ROM package.
The all-new, full color Fourth Edition includes:
and#183; over 10,000 new words and senses and#183; 4,000 photographs, illustrations, and maps and#183; full etymologies and#183; a revised Appendix of Indo-European Roots and#183; an all-new Appendix of Semitic Roots and#183; over 450 new and revised Usage Notes and#183; 100 Regional Notes and#183; a new Note feature: Our Living Language
The CD-ROM combines the innovation of the Fourth Edition print dictionary with the ease and accessibility of an electronic format. Features of the CD-ROM include:
and#183; Over 1,000 color photographs, illustrations, and maps from the print edition
and#183; Nearly 70,000 spoken pronunciations
and#183; Definitions and usage information can be obtained instantly by highlighting and right-clicking on words in any Microsoft Office application
and#183; A simple search feature finds the word you want, even if you don't know how to spell it
and#183; Separately searchable indexes of all images and note features
The American Heritageand#174; Dictionary of the English Language will meet all your dictionary needs-whether at work, at school, or at home.
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About the Author
The Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries are trained lexicographers with a varied array of interests and expertise. Most of the editors hold graduate degrees, and several have degrees in linguistics or in the history of the English language. 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 up-to-date as possible.
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