Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day


Arts, Literature, Education, Language Courses

Chart Positions

Arts 62
Literature 18

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.




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...

Featured Podcast



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...



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...



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]...