Dictionary.com

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Dictionary.com
Dictionary.com logo.svg
Type of site
Dictionary
Available in English
Owner Rock Holdings
Created byBrian Kariger
Daniel Fierro
URL www.dictionary.com
CommercialYes
LaunchedMay 14, 1995; 25 years ago (1995-05-14)

Dictionary.com is an online dictionary whose domain was first registered on May 14, 1995. [1] The content for Dictionary.com is based on the latest version of Random House Unabridged Dictionary, with other content from the Collins English Dictionary, American Heritage Dictionary and others. [2]

History

Dictionary.com was founded by Brian Kariger and Daniel Fierro as part of Lexico Publishing, which also started Thesaurus.com and Reference.com. [3] When launched it was one of the web's first in-depth reference sites. [4] In July 2008, Lexico Publishing Group, LLC, was acquired by Ask.com, an IAC company, [5] and renamed Dictionary.com, LLC. [6] In 2018, IAC sold Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com to Rock Holdings. [7] At the time of the sale, Dictionary.com was the 447th most trafficked website in the United States, according to the website tracking service SimilarWeb. [7] In 2015, the company estimated there are 5.5 billion word searches on its site annually. [8]

Features and services

Among its features, Dictionary.com offers a Word of the Day, [9] a crossword solver, [10] and a pop culture dictionary [11] that includes emoji and slang sections.

In 2010, Dictionary.com began its annual Word of the Year feature with the word 'change'. [12] The selection is based on search trends on the site throughout the year and the news events that drive them. [13]

The following is the list of Dictionary.com's annual words starting in 2010: [12]

In April 2009, the company launched its first dictionary app in the iOS App Store allowing users to look up definitions and synonyms. The app also included access to audio pronunciations, alphabetical indexing, and synonym example sentences. [14] Since then, Dictionary.com released a standalone thesaurus app called Thesaurus Rex along with education apps, Dictionary.com Flashcards, Word Dynamo, and Learning to Read with Zoo Animals. In early 2020, in response to COVID-19 quarantine home schooling needs, Dictionary.com launched a Learning at Home Center platform. [15] The coronavirus outbreak led to the addition of novel words to the main dictionary (e.g., fomites) and the slang dictionary (e.g., ‘rona’). [16]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Dictionary.com WHOIS, DNS, & Domain Info - DomainTools". whois.domaintools.com. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
  2. ^ Perlman, Merrill (April 29, 2019). "Dictionaries recently added more than 1,500 words. Here are some new entries". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved February 25, 2020.
  3. ^ "Lexico, Dictionary.com Being Acquired By Ask.com; Price In $100 Million Range". Gigacom. Retrieved 2014-01-24.
  4. ^ Alpert, Lukas (March 26, 2018). "Defining Moment for Dictionary.com - It's For Sale". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  5. ^ Auchard, Eric (July 4, 2008). "Ask.com closes acquisition of Dictionary.com". Reuters. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  6. ^ "Amended and Restated Operating Agreement of Dictionary.com, LLC". U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. July 17, 2008. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Reindl, JC (November 15, 2018). "Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert just dipped into the online dictionary, thesaurus business". WKYC Studios.
  8. ^ Stevens, Heidi (November 11, 2015). "'Mx.' instead of 'Mr.' or 'Mrs.?' It's in the dictionary now". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 25, 2020.
  9. ^ "Definition of emolument | Dictionary.com". www.dictionary.com.
  10. ^ "15 crossword solvers for Android, iOS, and the web that actually work!". Android Authority. 2020-03-05. Retrieved 2020-05-08.
  11. ^ "Terms Like 'OK Boomer' Are Hard to Define. This Dictionary Is Trying Anyway". Time. Retrieved 2020-05-08.
  12. ^ a b "What Dictionary.com's words of the year say about us". CNN. December 15, 2018. Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  13. ^ a b ""Existential' crowned word of the year by Dictionary.com". Click on Detroit. Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  14. ^ Rao, Leena (April 8, 2009). "Dictionary.com Launches Free iPhone App". Tech Crunch.
  15. ^ Lane, Ana (March 18, 2020). "41 totally free educational resources for kids stuck at home". USA TODAY. Retrieved May 8, 2020.
  16. ^ Camero, Katie (April 23, 2020). "Dictionary has been updated to cover COVID-19. These are the new words". Retrieved May 1, 2020.

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