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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day

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Build your vocabulary with Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day! Each day a Merriam-Webster editor offers insight into a fascinating new word -- explaining its meaning, current use, and little-known details about its origin.

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perspicuous

June 26th, 2017

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 26, 2017 is: perspicuous \per-SPIK-yuh-wus\ adjective : plain to the understanding especially because of clarity and precision of presentation Examples: The author's perspicuous prose helps even the simple layman to follow his explanations of this complicated topic. "The whole is less than the sum of...

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argy-bargy

June 25th, 2017

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 25, 2017 is: argy-bargy \ahr-jee-BAHR-jee\ noun : a lively discussion : argument, dispute Examples: The tenants got into a bit of an argy-bargy over their shared porch. "I would object to the leaders' debates much less if they took place only on the radio. Then there wouldn't be all the argy-bargy...

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volplane

June 24th, 2017

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 24, 2017 is: volplane \VAHL-playn\ verb : to glide in or as if in an airplane Examples: "With uncanny calm, Fauchard switched off his engine as if he were preparing to volplane to the ground in an unpowered landing." — Clive Cussler, Lost City, 2004 "[Roadrunners] can run at sustained speeds of up to...

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threshold

June 23rd, 2017

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 23, 2017 is: threshold \THRESH-hohld\ noun 1 : the section of wood or stone that lies under a door : sill 2 a : the means or place of entry : entrance b : the place or point of beginning : outset 3 : the point or level at which a physical or mental effect begins to be produced Examples: "[This role]...