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The Facts On File Student's Dictionary of American English
  • Authored by: Cynthia A. Barnhart
  • From the Series: Writers Reference
  • Trim Size: 7 X 10
  • ISBN-10: 0816063796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-6379-6
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $65.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 11/01/2007
  • Dewey Number: 423
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 736


The first purpose of any student's dictionary is to provide the basic information necessary to be able to understand a meaning, decipher a pronunciation, make a correct syllable break, and employ vocabulary appropriate to a particular situation. The Facts On File Student’s Dictionary of American English is designed to provide such information as accurately, concisely, and clearly as possible. Its modest entry list of about 90,000 words includes the vocabulary most of us use every day in ordinary writing and encounter when reading a newspaper, novel, magazine, or online article. The dictionary also includes a selection of widely used new terms in English, from science and technology to contemporary American culture. The design is exceptionally user-friendly.

Each entry of the standard vocabulary has been evaluated and revised according to current usage. Unlike other dictionaries—including collegiate—this dictionary features long entries that have been trimmed to their core meanings; shades of meanings are illustrated by phrases or sentences that follow a definition, rather than by different definitions entirely. The result is a reliable, easy-to-use guide to the English language.


Guide to use. List of abbreviations.

About the Author(s)

Cynthia A. Barnhart was the editor of new words for The World Book Dictionary; the general editor of The American Heritage Dictionary of Science, the Chambers Dictionary of Etymology, and the Second Barnhart Dictionary of New English; and senior general editor of the Third Barnhart Dictionary of New English. She was senior editor of the reference division of Cambridge University Press for seven years. She resides in Garrison, NY.

Reviews and Awards

"...would be useful in classrooms or for individual students."

"Barnhart’s experience in compiling dictionaries is exemplar...the vocabulary, format, and entry length are excellent...Place this title on the school library shelf for general use..."
American Reference Books Annual

"...a nice addition to the middle and high school reference collection. Recommended."
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