The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition: Print and CD-ROM Edition

ISBN: 0395711460
ISBN 13: 9780395711460
By: American Heritage Dictionaries

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With more than 350,000 entries and definitions--including 16,000 new words and meanings; over 500 usage notes from our Usage Panel; 4,000 illustrations; an Appendix of Indo-European Roots; 900 synonym paragraphs; 400 word history notes; and more. The CD-ROM version also includes the complete Roget's II: The New Thesaurus, making this package an exceptional value. System Requirements: CD-ROM drive; Windows: 3.1 or higher, 4 MB RAM, 100K-15MB hard-disk space; DOS: IBM compatible PC with 640K RAM, DOS 3.1 or higher, 180K-15MB hard-disk space. Mac: any Macintosh with System 6.0.2 or higher, 1 MB RAM (2MB System 7), 30K-14MB hard-disk space.

Reader's Thoughts

Kate

Mine is the Fourth Edition (2006) and it is wonderful - such a delight to see beautiful photos illustrating exotic words, themselves defined with love. These aren't just definitions, mind you, these are ideas. The "Usage Panel" includes people I've followed forever (Geoffrey Nunberg, Margaret Atwood, Pat Conroy, Louis Auchincloss, Roy Blount, Jr., Wm. F. Buckley, Jr.,Henry Louis Gates, Jr., David Foster Wallace...and Erdich and Didion and Theroux {OH MY!})- their disagreements are duly noted too, making the experience of lifting this hefty book so much fun. Check out the living language notes, the regional patterns of speech portion, word histories, usage notes... It's tough to put down.

Carrie Fitch

Review by Carrie FitchThe American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (5th ed.).(2011). Boston, MA: Houghton- Mifflin.Description:This dictionary is geared toward high school age students who do not need the pictures and bright colors of a children’s dictionary, but are not yet ready for a more scholarly dictionary. Credible individuals have contributed information about each entry including synonyms, parts of speech, origins, definitions and pronunciation.Call Number: RR 423 AME Professional ReviewBulson, C. (2012). [Review of The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (5th ed.) Booklist. Retrieved from http://www.booklistonline.com.libsrv.... Dictionary-of-the-English-Language-/pid=5075301

Anton Caldwell

American Heritage Dictionaries, Inc. (2001) The American Heritage Dictionary of the English LanguageISBN-10: 0395825172, $11.68Content/Scope: The entirety of the English Language, by definition. Literally.Accuracy/Authority: American Heritage Dictionary is a widely-known and well-accepted publisher of American English dictionaries.Arrangement/Presentation: No visuals, words in alphabetical orderRationale: Every good reference collection should have various dictionaries.Professional Review: http://www.cro2.org.libsrv.wku.edu/de...

Lauren Fynboe

American Heritage Dictionaries. (2012). The American heritage dictionary of the English language (5th ed.). Boston, MA: Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt. Citation by: Lauren FynboeReference Type: DictionaryCall Number: Description: Content Scope-The purpose of this resource is to present a compilation of the words of the English language, along with pronunciation guides, parts of speech, and multiple-meaning definitions. This resource is helpful to any aged audience, but is most helpful to those grades 8-12 and beyond. Accuracy, Authority, & Bias-American Heritage Dictionaries have long since been a trusted and valuable reference resource found in classrooms, libraries, and universities all over the world. Relation to Similar Works: Our library does have copies of previous editions; however, updated versions since the 3rd edition have not been purchased. This is a necessary text for our reference collection. Timeliness & Permanence: As previously mentioned, it is time for us to update this text in our library. It's permanence may be transient, as new editions will outdate this resource, but it is imperative that we have this reference and keep it up-to-date for future reference. Accessibility & Diversity-Dictionaries are necessary for every student in every classroom on our campus. Every classroom has a copy of the 3rd edition; it is important that the media center houses the most up-to-date version of this reference. Cost-This book costs approximately $50.00. Rationale: While my school does house earlier editions of this text, we have yet to purchase the latest edition, and I feel this is a must for any library. Review: http://www.amazon.com/The-American-He..." 'This new American Heritage is more suited to our national character than any other previous dictionary.' —New York Times Book Review"

Michael

What can you say: an indispensable tool with many informative drawings tables and photos. I use it everyday!

Gavin

Q: who in the room actually uses a print dictionary if they've got wireless internet?A: Nobody!So, before the dictionary goes the way of the do-do, the auroch, and the pay-phone ... go out and buy this excellent specimen. It's got pictures. It's got a picture of an auroch! Hot diggity dog.

Michele

Item Title: The American heritage dictionary of the English language (5th ed.). (2011). Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Citation created by: Michele PowellFormat: DictionaryCall Number: 423 AMEDescription: The fifth edition of this comprehensive dictionary includes 10,000 new entries, the addition of synonyms, and updates to usage notes, example sentences, and word histories. The new edition of The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language continues to use color illustrations and photos to illustrate most definitions and small maps of countries beside the countries entry.Professional Review: Bulson, C. (2012). Adult Reference [Review of the book The American heritage dictionary of the English language]. Booklist, 108(12), 1.Relevance and Relationship: This book would be appropriate for the collection analyzed during my field experience because the dictionaries the library currently has do not contain color illustrations and photos to illustrate most definitions. The illustrations make the dictionary more relevant for today’s teens. Hardcover edition is $60 and purchase of the dictionary entitles the owner to a free app version of the dictionary.Purpose: The purpose of this reference is to clarify student’s word usage, increase their word knowledge, and improve their word selection when writing.Validity: Reviewed by Booklist and the editors of The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language are educated in linguistics or the history of the English language. Usage notes are based on the opinions of respected authors, scholars, etc. Format: Available in print and e-version. Two column format and contains color illustrations.Arrangement and Presentation: Alphabetical order, two column format, contains color illustrations of most words, and maps of countries including major cities. Diversity: Color illustrations make this dictionary accessible for English language learners and struggling readers.

Nicolas

Captivating.

Dave/Maggie Bean

Interesting. This one was in my list of recommendations. Although I hadn't thought to add it, I've been using it for years. It certainly isn't the OED (What is?), but it's a good choice, especially for the price. Also in its favor: it's an etymological dictionary with a 45-page appendix of hypothetical Proto-Indo-European word roots.

Heather

I received this as a high school graduation gift over 20 years ago. Most times, words we look up are included, but my children get a kick out of the times when a word is too new for the "big dictionary" and we end up looking for its meaning online.

Michael

My favorite English dictionary by a long shot, so to speak.

Johanna

"WORD HISTORY: The lowly kiosk where newspapers are sold or advertisements are posted is like a child in a fairy tale raised by humble parents but descended from kings. . . The open structures referred to by the Turkish word were used as summer houses in Turkey and Persia. The first recorded use of 'kiosk' in English refers to these Middle Eastern pavilions, which Europeans imitated in their own gardens and parks."

Ashley Hill

APA: (2011). The American heritage dictionary of the English language. (5th ed.). Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.Citation by: Ashley Hill Type of Reference: Dictionary Call Number: 423Description: This is a dictionary that is updated including new words that have developed since the last dictionary was published such as fracking, podcast, etc. Relevance and Relationship: This is a relevant resource, especially as an updated resource in comparison to the other dictionaries in the library. Purpose: To help students know the meaning, spelling, parts of speech, and pronunciation of words. Validity: The publishing company is reputable and has had many award winning authors, books, etc. Format: The book in alphabetical order with 2,084 pages. Arrangement and Presentation: The book is divided alphabetically. Diversity: This book is great for students from other cultures as it is updated. Many of the words they may have questions about such as podcast, were not even words in previous editions of this dictionary and others. Professional Review: Bulson, C. (2012, Feb 15). Booklist review: The American heritage dictionary of the English language, fifth edition . Retrieved from http://www.booklistonline.com/The-Ame...

Naima Arbaoui

its full of words :)

Jacob

Two words...cono tation.

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