Word Of The Day

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DateWord Description
6 Dec 2015billet-doux
  • A love letter or note.
9 Sep 2017billet-doux
  • A love letter or note.

15 Jun 2016billet
  • Lodging for soldiers.
  • An official order directing that a soldier be provided with lodging.
  • A position of employment; a job.
16 May 2015bifurcate
  • To divide into two branches or parts.
28 Feb 2017biddable
  • Easily led or commanded; obedient.
  • Capable of being bid.
2 Sep 2016bibulous
  • Of, pertaining to, marked by, or given to the consumption of alcoholic drink.
  • Readily absorbing fluids or moisture.
9 Mar 2016bibelot
  • A small decorative object without practical utility; a trinket.
28 Jan 2016bevy
  • A group; an assembly or collection.
  • A flock of birds, especially quails or larks; also, a herd of roes.
30 Mar 2017betimes
  • Early; in good time; before it is late.
  • At times; on occasion.
  • [Archaic] Soon; in a short time.
18 Apr 2014bete noire
  • Something or someone particularly detested or avoided; a bugbear.
1 Jan 2015bestow
  • To give or confer; to impart; -- with on or upon.

28 Feb 2015berate
  • To scold severely or angrily.
13 Aug 2016benison
  • Blessing; benediction.
8 Janbenignant
  • 1. Kind; gracious.
    2. Beneficial; favorable.

14 Nov 2016benignant
  • Kind; gracious.
  • Beneficial; favorable.
16 Jul 2017beneficence
  • 1. The practice of doing good; active goodness, kindness, or charity.
    2. A charitable gift or act.

25 Sep 2014beneficence
  • The practice of doing good; active goodness, kindness, or charity; bounty springing from purity and goodness.
16 Nov 2015benefaction
  • The act of conferring a benefit.
  • A benefit conferred; especially, a charitable donation.
6 Oct 2017benefaction
  • 1. The act of conferring a benefit.
    2. A benefit conferred; especially, a charitable donation.

4 Janbellwether
  • A leader of a movement or activity; also, a leading indicator of future trends.

4 Sep 2014bellwether
  • A wether, or sheep, which leads the flock, with a bell on his neck.
  • Hence: A leader of a movement or activity.
30 Nov 2015bellicose
  • Inclined to war or contention; warlike; pugnacious.
6 Mar 2014beholden
  • Obliged; bound in gratitude; indebted.
16 May 2017beholden
  • Obliged; bound in gratitude; indebted.

10 Oct 2016bedizen
  • To dress or adorn in gaudy manner.
15 May 2015bedaub
  • To daub over; to besmear or soil with anything thick and dirty.
  • To overdecorate; to ornament showily.
28 Jan 2017beau ideal
  • A perfect or an idealized type or model.
19 Dec 2014bandog
  • A mastiff or other large and fierce dog, usually kept chained or tied up.
10 Feb 2015banal
  • Commonplace; trivial; hackneyed; trite.
7 Jul 2017banal
  • Commonplace; trivial; hackneyed; trite.

19 Feb 2016bailiwick
  • A person's specific area of knowledge, authority, interest, skill, or work.
  • The office or district of a bailiff.
6 Jun 2017bagatelle
  • 1. A trifle; a thing of little or no importance.
    2. A short, light musical or literary piece.
    3. A game played with a cue and balls on an oblong table having cups or arches at one end.

24 Jun 2014bagatelle
  • A trifle; a thing of little or no importance.
  • A short, light musical or literary piece.
  • A game played with a cue and balls on an oblong table having cups or arches at one end.
5 May 2017badinage
  • Light, playful talk; banter.

28 Oct 2014badinage
  • Light, playful talk; banter.
12 Jun 2016bacchanalia
  • (plural, capitalized) The ancient Roman festival in honor of Bacchus, celebrated with dancing, song, and revelry.
  • A riotous, boisterous, or drunken festivity; a revel.
29 Jun 2017bacchanalia
  • 1. (plural, capitalized) The ancient Roman festival in honor of Bacchus, celebrated with dancing, song, and revelry.
    2. A riotous, boisterous, or drunken festivity; a revel.

30 Dec 2015avuncular
  • Of or pertaining to an uncle.
  • Resembling an uncle, especially in kindness or indulgence.
8 Aug 2015avoirdupois
  • Avoirdupois weight (see below).
  • Weight; heaviness; as, a person of much avoirdupois.
26 Sep 2014aver
  • To affirm with confidence; to declare in a positive manner, as in confidence of asserting the truth.
  • (Law) To assert, claim, or declare as a fact.
9 May 2016avatar
  • The incarnation of a deity -- chiefly associated in Hinduism with the incarnations of Vishnu.
  • An embodiment, as of a quality, concept, philosophy, or tradition; an archetype.
  • A temporary manifestation or aspect of a continuing entity.
28 Dec 2014avarice
  • an excessive desire of gain; greediness after wealth; covetousness; cupidity.
17 Apr 2014autodidact
  • One who is self-taught.
21 Nov 2017autodidact
  • One who is self-taught.

16 Feb 2015autocrat
  • An absolute sovereign; a monarch who holds and exercises the powers of government by claim of absolute right, not subject to restriction; as, Autocrat of all the Russias (a title of the Czar).
  • One who rules with undisputed sway in any company or relation; a despot.
22 Sep 2016autochthonous
  • Aboriginal; indigenous; native.
  • Formed or originating in the place where found.
21 Sep 2017auspicious
  • 1. Giving promise of success, prosperity, or happiness; predicting good; as, "an auspicious beginning."
    2. Prosperous; fortunate; as, "auspicious years."

16 Jul 2014auspicious
  • Giving promise of success, prosperity, or happiness; predicting good; as, "an auspicious beginning."
  • Prosperous; fortunate; as, "auspicious years."
27 Apr 2015augury
  • The art or practice of foretelling events; divination.
  • An omen; prediction; prognostication; indication of the future.
30 Dec 2017aubade
  • A song or poem greeting the dawn; also, a composition suggestive of morning.

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