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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.




December 9th, 2016

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for December 9, 2016 is: daedal \DEE-dul\ adjective 1 a : skillful, artistic b : intricate 2 : adorned with many things Examples: The filmmaker makes daedal use of lighting effects and camera angles to create a noirish atmosphere. "Applying makeup on trains … is not easy. That innumerable Japanese women...

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qui vive

December 8th, 2016

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for December 8, 2016 is: qui vive \kee-VEEV\ noun : alert, lookout — used in the phrase on the qui vive Examples: "All right. Lieutenant Howard, go see how the artillery wagons are managing, and on the way tell Major Mason that I need him again. Stay on the qui vive; you may find evidence of liquor." —...



December 7th, 2016

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for December 7, 2016 is: bamboozle \bam-BOO-zul\ verb 1 : to deceive by underhanded methods : dupe, hoodwink 2 : to confuse, frustrate, or throw off thoroughly or completely Examples: "Some consumers are so bamboozled by slick sales talk that they pay extra for amazingly bad deals. Just one example, a $49.99,...



December 6th, 2016

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for December 6, 2016 is: salient \SAIL-yunt\ adjective 1 : moving by leaps or springs : jumping 2 : jetting upward 3 : standing out conspicuously : prominent; especially : of notable significance Examples: The speech was filled with so much twisted rhetoric that it was hard to identify any salient points....