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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.




April 16th, 2017

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 16, 2017 is: interminable \in-TER-muh-nuh-bul\ adjective : having or seeming to have no end; especially : wearisomely protracted Examples: Hayley didn't think she would have the patience to sit through another interminable radio pledge drive without changing the station at least once. "Garrett...

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April 15th, 2017

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 15, 2017 is: pittance \PIT-unss\ noun : a small portion, amount, or allowance; also : a meager wage or remuneration Examples: "… chances are good that any snow that might fall in coming days could be like the pittance of flakes that fell Thursday—and then almost immediately melted." — Neil Johnson,...



April 14th, 2017

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 14, 2017 is: magnanimous \mag-NAN-uh-mus\ adjective 1 : showing or suggesting a lofty and courageous spirit 2 : showing or suggesting nobility of feeling and generosity of mind Examples: Rather than gloat about her victory in the race, Michelle chose to be magnanimous and congratulated her opponents...



April 13th, 2017

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 13, 2017 is: napery \NAY-puh-ree\ noun : household linen; especially : table linen Examples: The napery was laundered and starched and folded crisply for the next day's brunch guests. "Once upstairs,the sense of a solid, proper steakhouse, with low lighting, a busy bar, tufted chairs and banquettes,...