“dictionary (phonetic transcription) n., pl. –aries. 1. a. a reference book that consists of an alphabetical list of words with their meanings and parts of speech, and often a guide to accepted pronounciation and syllabification, irregular inflections of words, derived words of different words of speech, and etymologies. b. a similar reference books giving equivalent words in two or more languages. Such dictionaries often consist of two or more parts, in each of which the alphabetical list is given in a different language: a German-English dictionary. c. (as modifier): a dictionary definition. See also glossary, lexicon, thesaurus. 2. a reference book listing words or terms of a particular subject or activity, giving information about their meanings and other attributes: a dictionary of gardening. 3. a collection of information or examples with the entries alphabetically arranged: a dictionary of quotations.” (Makins, Marian, managing ed. Collins English Dictionary, third edition. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1991, p. 438)