A reference work with a list of words from one or more languages, normally ordered alphabetically, explaining each word's meaning, and sometimes containing information on its etymology, pronunciation, usage, translations, and other data.
Synonyms:wordbook; see also Thesaurus:dictionary
(preceded by the) A synchronic dictionary of a standardised language held to only contain words that are properly part of the language.
(by extension) Any work that has a list of material organized alphabetically; e.g., biographical dictionary, encyclopedic dictionary.
(computing) An associative array, a data structure where each value is referenced by a particular key, analogous to words and definitions in a physical dictionary.
dictionary (third-person singular simple presentdictionaries, present participledictionarying, simple past and past participledictionaried)