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Unit One Vocabulary . Words about Dictionaries. Abridged (adjective) Latin “ad” -toward + “brevis”, short. Shortened, usually in reference to written or spoken work Example: an abridged dictionary. Browse (verb) . To look at leisurely We browsed through racks of clothes.

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    1. Unit One Vocabulary Words about Dictionaries

    2. Abridged (adjective)Latin “ad” -toward + “brevis”, short Shortened, usually in reference to written or spoken work Example: an abridged dictionary

    3. Browse (verb) To look at leisurely We browsed through racks of clothes. To look over reading material, sampling different parts; I will browse through the book to find the answer.

    4. Citation (noun)Latin “citare” – to summon A reference to or a quotation from an authority; an award for honorable behavior; an order to appear in court

    5. Compendium (noun) Latin, “com” meaning together + “pendere” meaning weigh A short, but complete written summary; a collection containing many works Example: your literature book

    6. Entry (noun) Old French “entrée” to enter In a reference book, a subject or word and information about it; the means or place by which to come in

    7. Etymology (noun)Greek for “true sense of a word” The origin and history of a word Example: The etymology of canine can be traced to the Latin word canis which means dog.

    8. Gazetteer (noun) A dictionary of geographical places, including names and information

    9. Homonym (noun)Greek for “homo” meaning same + “nym” meaning name A word having the same pronunciation as another word but a different meaning from that word Example: allowed and aloud or row and row Dough Doe

    10. Lexicon (noun)Greek for “lexis” meaning word A dictionary; a vocabulary of a particular subject or group Example: The lexicon of teachers include words such as Individual Education Plan.

    11. Phonetics (noun)Greek for “phone” meaning “sound” The study of the sounds of a language Example: Most of you used phonetics when learning to read.