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The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language Hardcover – Jan 1 2000


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  • Hardcover: 2116 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company; 4 edition (January 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395825172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395825174
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 21.8 x 6.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #967,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The type in this dictionary is microscopic. I realize they had to make it small to fit everything into the format, but it's rendered everything pretty much too small to be of use.

My biggest gripe however is that the appendices are absent. They're the whole reason I bought the hardcopy in the first place. Useless.

One other thing, more to do with the supplier than the publisher; my copy came with a section of the middle pages missing about 3/16th" at the top. Probably a seconds copy, but not what I paid for. Lame service, to say the least.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "helflower" on April 2 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm a 6th grade teacher, and when I recently reviewed several paperback dictionaries to decide which one to purchase in bulk for my students, I chose the American Heritage Dictionary because it was the only one which included word origins, a very important part of our word analysis work. Besides, I find it's the dictionary I grab for a clear, concise definition most of the time. And it has pictures of important people!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 5 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In retrospect, I should have gotten the most recent edition of this dictionary in hardcover instead of the paperback because it isn't complete enough. It is probable that I will do so at a later date. I recommend that anyone considering purchasing either who can afford the hardcover spend on it instead of on this, because I think this one may well be sure to disappoint.
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Format: Hardcover
American Heritage is my favorite dictionary and I finally set my old one out to pasture and bought this edition four months ago. I have not been disappointed in the least. It's thorough with a very clear type set and readable fonts. I don't know about you, but microscopic print is useless to me regardless of the text. I'd never use the magnifying lens that comes with the OED. American Heritage is inexpensive and quite helpful so that's why I recommend it.
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Format: Hardcover
What may be the most evident at first about this dictionary is the beautiful layout and the nice use of color. For some reason, this seems to make the whole experience of using this dictionary more pleasant. (This review is for the hardback edition, not the mass paperback.)
Another strength of this dictionary is the addition of numerous contemporary terms - it feels up-to date.
At over 200,000 words, the AHD 4th is comparable to the MW Collegiate Dictionary or the Oxford New American Dictionary, and it is a nice complement or supplement to either or both.
For greater breadth and depth of coverage, there is always the MW Third New International Dictionary, the Shorter OED, or the 20 volume OED.
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Format: Hardcover
I first saw this dictionary in a bookstore. I'll admit I was initially drawn to it because it was on sale, but upon leafing through it I was impressed with its layout, design and ease on the eyes. I ordered one from Amazon (which was cheaper than the bookstore even on sale) in the next few days.
I'm so happy I did because this is the best dictionary I've used. It's so easy to search through mainly because of one important detail - color. The words are not just bolded, but bolded in green while the definitions are in black. This makes the word you are looking for pop out at you. Also there are many pictures and pages upon pages of language, its history and roots. Perusing all this added information is fascinating as well as educational. It's obvious from the amount of detail that much care has been put into this dictionary. It's begun me on a journey of appreciating language in a way I never would have ever considered before.
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By A Customer on Nov. 24 2003
Format: Hardcover
This 4th edition is a valuable addition to any library (home, school, office, etc.).
The book is somewhat of a tome (over 2000 pages) but is indeed a "user-friendly" reference, featuring color illustrations all throughout the book, and presenting definitions in a clear, interesting, and concise manner.
Despite its superficial glitz, this is a quite serious dictionary, including copious material on word origins, history of the English language, and various other scholarly "extras".
Besides The American Heritage Dictionary, I use Merriam-Webster's 10th & 11th Collegiate Dictionaries, Merriam-Webster's Third New International(unabridged), and both the Oxford New American Dictionary and the 2-volume Oxford Shorter Dictionary of the English Language. I recommend all of these (available on Amazon) and I find that they complement each other.
Again, you won't go wrong in purchasing The American Heritage Dictionary, even if it is the only dictionary that you own.
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Format: Hardcover
I'll be short. This dictionary gives Indo-European roots for a lot of English terms. I find these Indo-European roots fascinating. Why are others not following along here? Can you imagine a dictionary of (say) Persian, which also gave etymologies and traced words all the way back to Indo-European?
But then again I'm a word-history nut. :-)
Other aspects of this dictionary are excellent. I supplement it with the two-volume OED. I'd like to have the Merriam-Webster unabridged. But this one is a real honey!
Highest recommendation!!
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