What do you use a glossary for? You use one to quickly find the definition of a technical term. You will commonly find a glossary in the appendix of many text books, people often use a glossary to better understand the material of the book that they are reading. When you come across a unknown technical word that stops you from understanding the material, the glossary should provide a definition.
Glossary or DictionaryA dictionary is an alphabetically list of general word definitions for a particular language that is very inclusive, most dictionaries are books. A glossary, however, is a list of word definitions restricted to a very specific subject. Also, a dictionary will give you all known defintions for a word, while a glossary will just define a word in the context of the reference material that the glossary is attached to.
However, a glossary is considered just a variant of the dictionary.
HistoryNobody kow who invented the first dictionary. Cuneiform tablets with wordlists were discovered in Syria and date back to 2300 BCE. They are the oldest known example of a dictionary or glossary.
The first English alphabetical dictionary was "A Table Alphabeticall", written by English schoolteacher Robert Cawdrey in 1604.
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