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Thesaurus vs. Glossary — What's the Difference?

Thesaurus vs. Glossary — What's the Difference?

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Thesaurus

A thesaurus (plural thesauri or thesauruses) or synonym dictionary is a reference work for finding synonyms and sometimes antonyms of words. They are often used by writers to help find the best word to express an idea: ...to find the word, or words, by which [an] idea may be most fitly and aptly expressed Synonym dictionaries have a long history.

Glossary

A glossary (from Ancient Greek: γλῶσσα / language, speech, wording) also known as a vocabulary or clavis, is an alphabetical list of terms in a particular domain of knowledge with the definitions for those terms. Traditionally, a glossary appears at the end of a book and includes terms within that book that are either newly introduced, uncommon, or specialized.

Thesaurus

A book that lists words in groups of synonyms and related concepts.

Glossary

An alphabetical list of words relating to a specific subject, text, or dialect, with explanations; a brief dictionary
A glossary of Inuktitut words

Thesaurus

A book of synonyms, often including related and contrasting words and antonyms.
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Glossary

A list of often difficult or specialized words with their definitions, often placed at the back of a book.

Thesaurus

A book of selected words or concepts, such as a specialized vocabulary of a particular field, as of medicine or music.

Glossary

A list of terms in a particular domain of knowledge with their definitions.
At the back of the book you can find the glossary.

Thesaurus

A publication, traditionally in the form of a book and now often online, that provides synonyms (and sometimes antonyms and other semantic relations) for the words of a given language.
"Roget" is the leading brand name for a print English thesaurus that lists words under general concepts rather than just close synonyms.

Glossary

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.

Thesaurus

(archaic) A dictionary or encyclopedia.

Glossary

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

Thesaurus

(information science) A hierarchy of subject headings — canonic titles of themes and topics, the titles serving as search keys.

Thesaurus

A treasury or storehouse; hence, a repository, especially of knowledge; - often applied to a comprehensive work, like a dictionary or cyclopedia.

Thesaurus

A book containing a classified list of synonyms

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