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Dictionary vs. Glossary

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Main Difference

The main difference between Dictionary and Glossary is that the Dictionary is a collection of words and their meanings and Glossary is a alphabetical list of terms relevant to a certain field of study or action.

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Wikipedia
  • Dictionary (noun)

    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.

    "wordbook"

  • Dictionary (noun)

    Any work that has a list of material organized alphabetically; e.g., biographical dictionary, encyclopedic dictionary.

  • Dictionary (noun)

    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 (verb)

    To look up in a dictionary.

  • Dictionary (verb)

    To add to a dictionary.

  • Dictionary (verb)

    To compile a dictionary.

  • Dictionary (verb)

    To appear in a dictionary.

  • Glossary (noun)

    A list of terms in a particular domain of knowledge with their definitions.

Wiktionary
  • Dictionary (noun)

    a book or electronic resource that lists the words of a language (typically in alphabetical order) and gives their meaning, or gives the equivalent words in a different language, often also providing information about pronunciation, origin, and usage

    "I'll look up 'love' in the dictionary"

    "the dictionary definition of β€˜smile’"

    "the website gives access to an online dictionary"

  • Dictionary (noun)

    a reference book on a particular subject, the items of which are typically arranged in alphabetical order

    "a dictionary of quotations"

  • Dictionary (noun)

    a set of words or other text strings made for use in applications such as spellcheckers

    "the worm attempts to crack account passwords using a built-in dictionary"

  • Glossary (noun)

    an alphabetical list of words relating to a specific subject, text, or dialect, with explanations; a brief dictionary

    "a glossary of Inuktitut words"

Oxford Dictionary
  • Dictionary (noun)

    A book containing the words of a language, arranged alphabetically, with explanations of their meanings; a lexicon; a vocabulary; a wordbook.

  • Dictionary (noun)

    Hence, a book containing the words belonging to any system or province of knowledge, arranged alphabetically; as, a dictionary of medicine or of botany; a biographical dictionary.

  • Glossary (noun)

    A collection of glosses or explanations of words and passages of a work or author; a partial dictionary of a work, an author, a dialect, art, or science, explaining archaic, technical, or other uncommon words.

Webster Dictionary
  • Dictionary (noun)

    a reference book containing an alphabetical list of words with information about them

  • Glossary (noun)

    an alphabetical list of technical terms in some specialized field of knowledge; usually published as an appendix to a text on that field

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