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American Heritage College Dictionary 4TH Editionby American Heritage
Synopses & Reviews
The newly updated American Heritage® College Dictionary, Fourth Edition, presents the very best that a college dictionary can offer.
It features all the qualities that have distinguished the American Heritage® name for decades: a clear and accessible defining style, expert usage advice, and more than 2,500 photographs and drawings that enhance the definitions and invite browsing.
New to this updated release are recently prominent terms such as blue state, edamame, and fattoush. The Periodic Table of the Elements includes the newest element, roentgenium. Biographical entries are fully up-to-date, and geographical entries reflect the latest geopolitical changes.
And now for the first time, The American Heritage® College Dictionary includes a registration card with a unique passkey code that allows the user to download directly to a PC or Mac the entire contents of The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, as well as Rogets II: The New Thesaurus.
The eReference Suite can be accessed within Microsoft® Office applications at the click of a button. This remarkable $34.95 value is free with the print product.
Book News Annotation:
Since the last edition nine years ago, 7,500 words have been added, including 9/11/>, alphabetized according to the spelling of the first number. A touted feature is the occasional highlighted usage note (300 in all); for example, under critique, we find that the word is considered (by 41% of the usage panel of 200 scholars and writers) as "pretentious jargon." Typical line-drawing illustrations have been replaced, primarily by photos, and a pronunciation key appears on every other page. A 33-page revised appendix on Indo- European and Indo-European roots is of particular interest. The dictionary is thumb-indexed, and every page provides headers with the first and last words on the page. A weakness is the lack of the approximate or exact year the defined word entered the language.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Includes definitions, explanatory photographs and illustrations, guidelines for using the dictionary, and other features.
A gift every word lover will cherish, this version of The American Heritage® College Dictionary, Fourth Edition, has thumb-indexing and an attractive linen case with stamped lettering.
With 7,500 new words and senses, along with 2,500 new illustrations, the Fourth Edition is the most up-to-date college dictionary available. Along with all of the in-depth features and expert usage guidance that readers have come to expect from American Heritage®, the Fourth Edition includes an updated Appendix of Indo-European roots and a helpful new style guide for writers.
About 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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