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The American Heritage College Dictionary is the newest in the line of American Heritage Dictionaries -- reference books famous for elegant, richly illustrated design, clear and authoritative definitions and usage guidance, and breadth of information of the history of the English language. Definitions are written in straightforward, jargon-free language that conveys meaning quickly and clearly. To make looking things up even more convenient, the most common meanings of a word are listed first, where they can be found most easily. Biodiversity, cyberspace, managed care, nanotechnology, and voice mail are just a few of the words from the 90's in The American Heritage College Dictionary, Third Edition, whose new vocabulary has been tracked and defined with the help of a huge computerized database. Word usage guidance is based on the most current linguistic research and on opinion polled from the distinguished American Heritage Usage Panel, a group of many well-known writers, educators, scholars, and public figures who are noted for their excellent command of the English language. Features also include an Indo-European roots appendix, word histories, regional notes, and photographs, line drawings, maps, and diagrams.
The latest words
dark matter, DVD, flat tax, telemedicine
New words for the new century are researched and defined using an electronic database and Internet resources.
The usage panel
Anne Tyler, William Bradley, Harold Bloom
Our unique 173-member Usage Panel consists of these members and many others distinguished for their fine command of the English language.
Indo-European roots appendix
black/flame cynic/bound gut/fondue
Our unique appendix reveals unlikely connections between these pairs of words and thousands of others by way of a language thousands of years old.
ketchup, leprechaun, nerd, pollster
Brief essays at these words and many others build on our complete etymologies, detailing how words enter a language and develop as they interact with history and culture.
absquatulate, bodacious, you-all
Notes at these words among others describe fascinating differences in the English language between one region of the United States and another.
cesta, gambrel rood, sistrum
These objects and thousands of others are illustrated by photographs, line drawings, maps, and diagrams in this, the most visually attractive of all college dictionaries.