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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.




October 26th, 2016

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 26, 2016 is: beatific \bee-uh-TIFF-ik\ adjective 1 : of, possessing, or imparting a state of utmost bliss 2 : having a blissful appearance Examples: "She was Italian, funny, a beatific tomboy, with just the hint of a lazy eye, and wore a pair of glasses that made me think of the wonders of the...

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October 25th, 2016

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 25, 2016 is: imbue \im-BYOO\ verb 1 : to permeate or influence as if by dyeing 2 : to tinge or dye deeply 3 : to provide with something freely or naturally : endow Examples: The children were imbued with a passion for nature by their parents, both biologists. "For a 23-year-old newly imbued with...



October 24th, 2016

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 24, 2016 is: domicile \DAH-muh-syle\ noun 1 : a dwelling place : place of residence : home 2 a : a person's fixed, permanent, and principal home for legal purposes b : the place where a corporation is actually or officially established Examples: "I got married, when I was 66, to David Bale.... I...



October 23rd, 2016

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 23, 2016 is: glaucous \GLAW-kus\ adjective 1 a : of a pale yellow-green color b : of a light bluish-gray or bluish-white color 2 : having a powdery or waxy coating that gives a frosted appearance and tends to rub off Examples: "Her eyes, a clear, glaucous gray, express unambiguous yearning." —...