Book Description: Marking the 30th anniversary of the first edition's publication, this new edition is updated with the latest terms to enter the English language. Comprehensive and authoritative, this reference also offers outstanding coverage of world, regional, and dialect English, generating a rich source of words for all language lovers. Featuring a wide range of biographical entries, this study also lists usage notes—giving advice on using the right word in the right place—and thousands of etymologies tracing the roots of modern English. A clear, two-color page design helps to make this dictionary accessible and easy to use, and the new virtual thumb tab makes it even simpler to find the entry you are looking for. The dictionary includes a supplement on words on the cusp of entering the language, an extended essay on how English has changed in the last 30 years, and predictions for the next 30 years. All definitions, examples, idioms, and usage notes are based on the Collins Corpus—the unrivaled and constantly updated 2.5 billion-word database of today's English—making it the definitive reference source.