What is a Dictionary? - Definition, Use & History


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A dictionary provides:

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1. Dictionaries were first developed in the:

2. The first dictionaries were actually:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

How did the first dictionaries compare to today's standard dictionary? The questions on this quiz/worksheet combo will test you on this and other concepts relating to the history and use of dictionaries.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Prepare to answer questions on the following:

  • Purpose of a dictionary
  • When dictionaries were first developed
  • The format of early dictionaries
  • Current standard dictionary

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the history of dictionaries
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the format of early dictionaries
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the dictionary's adoption of alphabetical order

Additional Learning

For further insight, review the accompanying lesson called What is a Dictionary? - Definition, Use & History. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define dictionary
  • Know the characteristics of the first English dictionaries
  • Recognize the history of the Oxford English Dictionary
  • Identify the types of information a dictionary contains