Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Monthly Archives: May 2016

May
31
2016

matriarch

meI tri ark

noun
definition:  a woman who acts as head of a family, tribe, or other group of people.
example:  The matriarch had made her decision, and her sons were obliged to obey.
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May
30
2016

valor

vae l@r

noun
definition:  boldness in facing danger; courage; bravery.
example:  The troops fought with great valor.
example:  He was killed and posthumously received a medal for valor.
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May
27
2016

charlatan

shar l@ t@n

noun
definition:  one who deceitfully claims to possess a particular skill or expertise; fraud; quack.
example:  Many who claimed to be able to communicate with the dead were shown to be charlatans.
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May
26
2016

adherent

aed hir @nt

noun
definition:  one who supports or follows a person, party, principle, or the like (usually followed by “of”)
example:  The new faith quickly gathered adherents.
example:  Bach was a strong adherent of the Lutheran Church.
example:  As a youth, he was an adherent of Marxism, but he later became a capitalist.
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May
25
2016

novice

na vihs

noun
definition 1:  a person with little or no experience, esp. in a work situation; beginner.
example:  The job was a tricky one and the boss didn’t want to risk handing it over to a novice.
example:  I could use some help because I’m still a novice at using this machine.

definition 2:  a new member of a religious order who is undergoing a period of testing before taking vows.
example:  Some of the rules that the nuns lived by were difficult for her when she’d been a young novice.
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