Definition of Thesaurus:
Language reference book organized to help in finding words related to a core concept but having different shades of meaning (connotations). Unlike a dictionary (which is organized to help in finding the meaning if you know the word), a thesaurus requires you to know the intended meaning to help find the correct word. Unlike a dictionary of synonyms (which is an alphabetical list of related words) a thesaurus is structured around ideas, and serves as a treasury of knowledge. First English language thesaurus (the Rogets Thesaurus) was created in 1852 by the UK surgeon Dr. Peter Mark Roget (1779-1869). The term is derived from the Greek word thesauros, treasure.
A book that lists words in groups of synonyms and related concepts.
Synonyms of Thesaurus
Wordfinder, Wordbook, Synonym dictionary, Synonym lexicon, Armory, Arsenal, Biographical dictionary, Cache, Chemical dictionary, Desk dictionary, Dialect dictionary, Dictionary, Dictionary of quotations, Electronics dictionary, Etymological dictionary, Foreign-language dictionary, Gazetteer, General dictionary, Geological dictionary, Gloss, Glossary, Gradus, Lexicon, Lexis, Nomenclator, Onomasticon, Phrase book, Phraseology, Polyglot dictionary, Promptorium, Repository, Rhyming dictionary, Science dictionary, Slang dictionary, Specialized dictionary, Stock of words, Storehouse, Synonym dictionary, Synonymy, Terminology, Treasure trove, Treasury, Treasury of words, Unabridged dictionary, Verbiage, Vocabulary, Word list, Wordage, Wordbook, Wordhoard, Words
How to use Thesaurus in a sentence?
- The teacher noticed that her student had used the same word many times in his essay, so she suggested using a thesaurus to find another word with a similar meaning.
- The thesaurus provides synonyms, antonyms and related words, and is accessed by just right-clicking on the word to be looked up, and selecting ‘Thesaurus’ from the menu.
- When the children do not know what word to use their teacher tells them to use the thesaurus , which also helps expand their vocabulary.
- Political speechwriters often utilize a thesaurus to convey the meaning of a particular idea in multiple ways and to shape how the public and the press view various policy platforms.
Meaning of Thesaurus & Thesaurus Definition