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There are over 350,000 entries and meanings – more than 16,000 of them new – in a single A-Z vocabulary illustrated by over 34,000 written examples and by nearly 4,000 photographs and drawings in “The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition.” More than 500 usage notes and comments, including the opinions of a distinguished Usage Panel, provide s
There are over 350,000 entries and meanings – more than 16,000 of them new – in a single A-Z vocabulary illustrated by over 34,000 written examples and by nearly 4,000 photographs and drawings in “The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition.” More than 500 usage notes and comments, including the opinions of a distinguished Usage Panel, provide sound guidance toward grace and accuracy in the use of English. The Third Edition, which contains a newly revised Appendix of Indo-European roots, more than 400 word history paragraphs, thousands of etymologies, over 900 cross-referenced synonym paragraphs, and more than 100 Regional American English Notes, is the only dictionary for those who are interested in the breadth, depth, and often surpirsing history of our language.
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Leather Bound, 3rd edition, 2184 pages
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September 10th 1992
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(first published July 15th 1970)

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The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language

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My favorite dictionary! It includes great color photos and excellent usage notes. With misspellings and misuses rampant in on-line dictionaries, this is my go-to trustworthy resource when I’m editing.

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My go to dictionary; I don’t go anywhere without stuffing it into my backpack. This is a must have for any writer, no matter what they write.

I know of no other dictionary that provides what American Heritage provides: expert linguistic advice on usage, an account of the word origin, and thousands of “word histories.” To top it all off, the dictionary records each definition in order of usage, rather than the normal “which came first.”

If you write, you need a copy.

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Item Title: The American heritage dictionary of the English language (5th ed.). (2011). Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Citation created by: Michele Powell

Format: Dictionary

Call Number: 423 AME

Description: 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 a
Item Title: The American heritage dictionary of the English language (5th ed.). (2011). Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Citation created by: Michele Powell

Format: Dictionary

Call Number: 423 AME

Description: 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.

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The American Heritage dictionary for learners of English (2002). Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
Citation by: Robbie Biddle

Type of Reference: Dictionary

Call Number: Ref 423

Content/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.

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The American Heritage dictionary for learners of English (2002). Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
Citation by: Robbie Biddle

Type of Reference: Dictionary

Call Number: Ref 423

Content/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: $60

Professional Review: Bulson, C. (2013). Booklist review American heritage dictionary of the english language. Retrieved June 26, 2013, from http://www.booklistonline.com/The-Ame…

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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: 423

Description: 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.
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: 423

Description: 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…

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The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (5th ed.).(2011). Boston, MA: Houghton- Mifflin.

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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

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The 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

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Bulson, C. (2012). [Review of The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (5th ed.) Booklist. Retrieved from http://www.booklistonline.com.libsrv…. –
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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
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.
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Content/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.
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American Heritage Dictionaries, Inc. (2001) The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language
ISBN-10: 0395825172, $11.68
Content/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 order
Rationale: Every good reference collection should have various dictionaries.
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Yes … read it … in college.

Best class I ever took, probably. And this is THE dictionary for American speakers of English… It’s no OED, but still…. for something I can actually house in my dwelling, this is it! I have two editions, in fact – the one pictured here that I’ve has since college (poor thing is nearly coverless) and my new one I bought as a present to myself when I renewed my teaching license

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“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.”

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American Heritage Dictionary has definitions within it that are blatantly incorrect and that is what prompted the one star rating (especially since it is a dictionary and is meant to define terms properly). Furthermore, when notified of errors in their content, they shrug it off as unimportant and continue to disseminate misinformation. Truly, this is very poor conduct on their part and this dictionary deserves to be thrown in the fireplace with the rest of the literary trash.

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It was around the house in my childhood in the 70’s–more comprhensive by far than Merriam-Webster, which I didn’t encounter a preference for in others until I attended a community college! I loved the pictures. A WXRT (Chicago radio station) broadcaster at one time before the Internet existed pointed out that it was marvelous because the word “cleavage” was illustrated using a photo of Marilyn Monroe!

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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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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.

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A classic stand by to read for all who simply love words The American Heritage Dictionary

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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.

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its full of words 🙂

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

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The etymologies are not as good in the current edition as they were in the past . . . how sad . . .

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Though a little matter-of-fact, from A “aardvark” to Z “zymurgy” The American Heritage Dictionary can ameliorate your lexicon arsenal!

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It’s the best book ever!!!! It has all of the words of the English language. It’s amazing!!!!!

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Two words…cono tation.

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

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