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The American Heritage Dictionary (based on the New 2nd College Ed.)

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  149 ratings  ·  13 reviews
The latest edition of the American Heritage Dictionary is out, and that's hot news--not just for the resolute followers of lexicographical minutiae, but for the general reading and writing public as well. Why? Because the American Heritage is a long-standing favorite family dictionary (never underestimate the value of pictures) and one of the prime dictionary references fo ...more
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Published June 1st 1987 by Laurel (first published July 15th 1970)
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Lobstergirl
In my family we brushed our teeth with Crest, we downed delicious cans of incomparably viscous Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup (maybe I should reverse the order of those two), we drank Tang and ate at Burger King and Roy Rogers, we puttered around in Chryslers and Volkswagens, and when we were perplexed by a new word we turned to American Heritage. I've owned this dictionary for a long, long time and I've never felt the need to replace it. It may not contain the definitions of Bollywood, sudok ...more
Aldean
I grew up using an earlier edition of this dictionary (the same volume my mother took to college with her, in fact), so when I needed a handy compact word-book for quick reference at my desk, this was an easy choice. Scattered throughout are various tables and illustrations that are very helpful, and I really like the inclusion of historical personages; nothing to help you write a report, but if I need a quick pair of life dates, this is a great first place to look. And the words are clearly syl ...more
Bella
What can I say? It has a lot of words and greatly expanded my vocabulary... It's a dictionary and there's not much more to it. Would fully recommend reading it.
Less_cunning
bought this at the Library booksale for one dollar this winter. my Merriam Webster 10th Edition is more or less falling apart & is dire need of rubber cement and packaging tape. although the American Hertiage Dictionary will never replace the enduringly love i have for the Merriam Webster 10th Edition nor supplant my piquant lust to one day own an OED, it has already become my go-to dictionary for quickly looking up words i do not know or cannot spell. Gooegle & Wikipedia will always fal ...more
David Craft
Not much of a plot, but the author has a good vocablulary...
Anna
I use it often. Grammar, spelling, and usage nerd. Thank you Mrs. Vido, my amazing high school English teacher. You changed my life for the better and I think of you with gratitude often.
Colin
My preferred dictionary, even though the 4th edition has cut out most of the etymology that made the 3rd edition great.
Peter
Lots of good words in this one. Seriously: this book is well designed and easy to use.
Marnie S. Angulo Delgado, B.A., CMI
This resource forms part of my Interpreter/Translator library.
Erik
I love this little bible of language.
Shota
Pretty Good. More info than other ones
Liz
Love the pix
Emily
got etymology?
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