The world's most comprehensive dictionary: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, Norwegian, Greek, Arabic, Polish, Turkish, Russian, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, and Financial Dictionaries, Thesaurus, Acronyms and Abbreviations, Idioms, Encyclopedia, a Literature Reference Library, and a Search Engine all in one!

Friday, January 24, 2020 | View Archive ?
+ Add Content ?

Live Searches

Here's what people are searching for right now:

For Surfers

?×
Mobile Apps
Word of the Day
Missing Idiom Contest
Word Finder
Lists of Facts
English Usage Topics
Help
Feedback

Weather

?

Recent Searches

?×

A - Z

?×
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Customize Your Homepage

?×
TheFreeDictionary.com now allows you to create your own personal homepage by adding and removing, dragging and dropping, and "using or losing" existing content windows. In addition, you can add your own bookmarks, weather information, horoscope, and RSS feeds from anywhere on the web.

Word of the Day

?

snippet

Definition: (noun) A small piece of anything (especially a piece that has been snipped off).
Synonyms:piece, scrap, fragment, part, particle, snatch, shred
Usage:She went round the farm-garden, nibbling off snippets of all the different sorts of herbs that are used for stuffing roast duck. Discuss. Play

Daily Grammar Lesson

?

Using Periods with Quotation Marks

If a sentence uses quotation marks to indicate something that another person has said, and the quotation marks appear at the end of the sentence, the period can appear in one of two places. In American English, the punctuation used at the end of direct speech always appears within the quotation marks. However, in British English, where are periods that end quotations usually placed? More... Discuss

Article of the Day

?

Rust Belt

The Rust Belt is an economic region in the northeast quadrant of the US, including the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. The term gained wide use in the 1970s, as the once dominant industrial region became noted for the abandonment of factories and unemployment. Although some Rust Belt cities have improved after the expansion of non-manufacturing industries, others have been unable to do so. What US city has lost more than half of its population in recent decades? More... Discuss

This Day in History

?

California Gold Rush Begins (1848)

In 1848, the same year California became a part of the US, another major event in the state's history occurred. While establishing a sawmill for John Sutter, James W. Marshall discovered gold and touched off the California gold rush. The gold-rush miners, known as forty-niners, came in droves, spurred by the promise of fabulous riches from the so-called Mother Lode, and San Francisco became a boom town. Why was Sutter disappointed when he discovered that gold had been found on his property? More... Discuss

Today's Birthday

?

John Belushi (1949)

Belushi was an American comedian, actor, and musician. He started out with the Second City comedy troop in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois, in 1971, achieved national recognition in National Lampoon's Lemmings in 1973, and joined Saturday Night Live as an original cast member in 1975. He also starred in several films, including Animal House and The Blues Brothers, before dying of a drug overdose in 1982. Who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for his death? More... Discuss

Quotation of the Day

?
There is a God in Heaven who will not forget to punish the wicked or reward the good; and it is not fitting that honest men should be the instruments of punishment to others, they being therein no way concerned.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Discuss

Mismatch

Select word:
certify
derecognize
deconcentrate
back
veer
centralise
lodge
free
move
stand still

Match each word in the left column with its antonym (opposite) on the right. When finished, click Answer to see the results. Good luck!

 

Ad

English Language Forum

Flashcards

?
Please log in or register to use bookmarks. You can also log in with

My Bookmarks

?
Please log in or register to use bookmarks. You can also log in with

Hangman

?

Grammar Quiz

?
How does the structure of the future perfect tense change in an interrogative sentence?




Spelling Bee

Difficulty level:
adj. Highly or excessively active
Spell the word:

Match Up

?
Select word:
squander
waste
gyrate
satirize
lampoon
reel
disburse
pay out
dissemble
cloak

Match each word in the left column with its synonym on the right. When finished, click Answer to see the results. Good luck!

 

?

Today's Holiday

?

Coloma Gold Discovery Day

The anniversary of James W. Marshall's discovery of gold in 1848 while overseeing the construction of a sawmill near Coloma, California, is commemorated with an annual celebration at the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park on the weekend nearest January 24. An employee of John A. Sutter, a wealthy entrepreneur, Marshall noticed flakes of gold in the streambed as he was inspecting work on the mill. Marshall's cabin is now part of the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, and Sutter's home is part of a museum and park in Sacramento. More... Discuss

Horoscope

Idiom of the Day

hard done-by

Mistreated or abused; cheated; dejected. Often preceded by "feel." More... Discuss