The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language

ISBN: 0618701729
ISBN 13: 9780618701728
By: Joseph P. Pickett Houghton Mifflin Company

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About this book

This newly updated edition of America’s favorite dictionary features revised biographical and geographical entries as well as up-to-date charts and tables for topics such as world currencies and chemical elements. Among the 500 entries new to this update are Amber Alert, blogosphere, gravitino, halo effect, hawala, lycopene, malware, micropolis, proteome, Qi Gong, SARS, shout-out, speed dating, sudoku, Texas hold’em, text message, and wiki.The renowned American Heritage® Usage Panel, a group of more than 200 distinguished writers, scholars, and scientists, offers advice on problems of grammar and style; engaging notes explain word histories and clarify differences among synonyms; thousands of quotations and example sentences show words in context; and elegant definitions are enhanced by 4,000 full-color photographs, drawings, and maps, making this one of the most readable dictionaries available anywhere.This dictionary can also be purchased with a fully loadable Windows® / Mac® CD-ROM that contains the entire text of the updated Fourth Edition, 68,000 audio pronunciations, 1,000 full-color photographs and illustrations, and a college-level thesaurus with more than 260,000 synonyms. The CD-ROM has spell-check capability and can be used in conjunction with any Microsoft® Office application to get definitions at the click of a mouse.

Reader's Thoughts

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...

Ronald

GREAT book

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.

Michael

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

Jacob

Two words...cono tation.

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...

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.

Robbie Biddle

The American Heritage dictionary for learners of English (2002). Boston: Houghton Mifflin.Citation by: Robbie BiddleType of Reference: DictionaryCall Number: Ref 423Content/Scope: The dictionary has added over 10,000 new words to this new edition. This dictionary primarily targets ninth through twelfth grade students. It contains color illustrations, all countries have maps associated with them, and is considered unique for the usage notes written by the contributors.Accuracy/Authority/Bias: This book is printed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Press. They are one of the more reputable publishers in the academic world. It was produced by a collection of people that included scholars, editors, and contributors.Arrangement/Presentation: The book is arranged with the words in alphabetical order. Pages are set up into two columns. Definitions also have example sentences associated with them.Relation to other works: This book and The New Oxford American Dictionary are considered to be the top two dictionaries of their type. Many people are questioning the effectiveness of these types of dictionaries within the Information Age.Accessibility/Diversity: Each new book comes with a passkey that allows the owner to access the online version of the dictionary or one may simply purchase the online version. This allows for access anywhere the user can surf the internet. The images and examples seem to take diversity into consideration.Cost: $60Professional Review: Bulson, C. (2013). Booklist review American heritage dictionary of the english language. Retrieved June 26, 2013, from http://www.booklistonline.com/The-Ame...

Mohammad El-Bishry

My favorite English dictionary.

Nicolas

Captivating.

Naima Arbaoui

its full of words :)

Becky

NPR recommends this new edition (now includes "asshat"!) as a gift.

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.

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