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Cambridge Dictionary Online: Free English Dictionary and Thesaurus - Cambridge University Press - Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press

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Welcome to Cambridge Dictionaries Online! Cambridge University Press publishes a range of dictionaries for learners of English all around the world. You can search our dictionaries using the search box at the top of the page. More than just a dictionary Don’t forget to visit our New Words, which keeps you up to date with those words and meanings that are just starting to be used in English. There’s also About Words, our fascinating blog about how the English language behaves. You can give your opinion on new expressions or blog posts by voting or leaving comments, so get involved!


neologism - definition of neologism by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

ne·ol·o·gism (n-l-jzm) n. 1. A new word, expression, or usage. 2. The creation or use of new words or senses. 3. Psychology a. The invention of new words regarded as a symptom of certain psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia. b. A word so invented. 4. Theology A new doctrine or a new interpretation of scripture.

grapevine - definition of grapevine by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

grape·vine (grpvn) n. 1. A vine on which grapes grow. 2. a. The informal transmission of information, gossip, or rumor from person to person. b. A usually unrevealed source of confidential information.

vine - definition of vine by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

vine (vn) n. 1. a. A weak-stemmed plant that derives its support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface. b. The stem of such a plant. 2. a. A grapevine. b. Grapevines considered as a group: products of the vine. intr.v. vined, vin·ing, vines To form or develop like a vine.

vineyard - definition of vineyard by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

vine·yard (vnyrd) n. 1. Ground planted with cultivated grapevines. 2. A sphere of spiritual, mental, or physical endeavor. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved. vineyard [vinn-yard] Noun an area of land where grapes are grown [Old English wīngeard] Collins Essential English Dictionary 2nd Edition 2006 © HarperCollins Publishers 2004, 2006

kindly - definition of kindly by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

kind·ly (kndl) adj. kind·li·er, kind·li·est 1. Of a sympathetic, helpful, or benevolent nature: a kindly interest; a gentle, kindly soul. See Synonyms at kind1. 2. Agreeable; pleasant: a kindly breeze. 3. a. Archaic Within the law; lawful. b. Obsolete Natural to its kind. adv. 1. Out of kindness: She kindly overlooked their mistake. 2. In a kind manner: He spoke kindly to us. 3. Pleasantly; agreeably: The sun shone kindly. 4. In an accommodating manner: Would you kindly fill in your name and address? 5. Obsolete In a way or course that is natural; fittingly.

kindle - definition of kindle by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

kin·dle 1 (kndl) v. kin·dled, kin·dling, kin·dles 1. a. To build or fuel (a fire). b. To set fire to; ignite. 2. To cause to glow; light up: The sunset kindled the skies. 3. To arouse (an emotion, for example): "No spark had yet kindled in him an intellectual passion" (George Eliot). v.intr. 1. To catch fire; burst into flame. 2. To become bright; glow. 3. To become inflamed. 4. To be stirred up; rise.

Groomer - definition of Groomer by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

groom (grm, grm) n. 1. A person employed to take care of horses or a stable. 2. A bridegroom. 3. One of several officers in an English royal household. 4. Archaic a. A man. b. A male servant.

default - definition of default by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

de·fault (d-fôlt) n. 1. Failure to perform a task or fulfill an obligation, especially failure to meet a financial obligation: in default on a loan. 2. Law Failure to make a required court appearance. 3. The failure of one or more competitors or teams to participate in a contest: won the championship by default. 4. a. Computer Science A particular setting or value for a variable that is assigned automatically by an operating system and remains in effect unless canceled or overridden by the operator: changed the default for the font in the word processing program. b. A situation or condition that obtains in the absence of active intervention. v. de·fault·ed, de·fault·ing, de·faults

new - definition of new by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

new (n, ny) adj. new·er, new·est 1. Having been made or come into being only a short time ago; recent: a new law.

gnu - definition of gnu by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

n, ny) n. Either of two large African antelopes (Connochaetes gnou or C. taurinus) having a drooping mane and beard, a long tufted tail, and curved horns in both sexes. Also called wildebeest.

tuna - definition of tuna by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

tu·na 1 (tn, ty-) n. pl. tuna or tu·nas 1. a. Any of various often large scombroid marine food and game fishes of the genus Thunnus and related genera, many of which, including T. thynnus and the albacore, are commercially important sources of canned fish. Also called tunny. b. Any of several related fishes, such as the bonito. 2. The edible flesh of tuna, often canned or processed. Also called tuna fish.

kernel - definition of kernel by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

ker·nel (kûrnl) n. 1. A grain or seed, as of a cereal grass, enclosed in a husk. 2. The inner, usually edible seed of a nut or fruit stone. 3. The most material and central part; the core: "that hard kernel of gaiety that never breaks" Evelyn Waugh.

Charlotte Gainsbourg - encyclopedia article about Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Charlotte Gainsbourg (born on 21st July 1971) is an Anglo-French actress and singer. Biography Gainsbourg was born in London, England and raised in Paris, France. Her father is Serge Gainsbourg, and her mother is Jane Birkin. Her uncle is the screenwriter Andrew Birkin who directed her in The Cement Garden.


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