Dictionaries contain information about words. The words in a dictionary are listed in alphabetical order. A standard dictionary entry begins with a pronunciation guide for the word. The entry will also give the word’s part of speech: that is, whether it is a noun, verb, adjective, etc. Some words can serve multiple functions in a sentence. For instance, the word “tough” is both an adjective meaning ‘coarse’ or ‘durable’ and a noun referring to a thug or a ruffian. The main component of a dictionary entry is the list of definitions. Some words have dozens of definitions. A good dictionary will also include the word’s origins, including the language from which it is derived and its meaning in that language. This information is known as the word’s etymology.
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