Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day

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01:57 | Mar 18th

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 18, 2020 is: abbreviate \uh-BREE-vee-ayt\ verb : to make briefer; especially : to reduce (a word or name) to a shorter form intended to stand for the who...Show More

01:41 | Mar 17th

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 17, 2020 is: crwth \KROOTH\ noun : an ancient Celtic stringed instrument that is plucked or bowed Examples: An Irish journeyman is expected to pe...Show More
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01:57 | Mar 16th

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 16, 2020 is: palpate \PAL-payt\ verb : to examine by touch especially medically Examples: "Therapy, though, felt different to me. I found perform...Show More

01:46 | Mar 15th

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 15, 2020 is: minutia \muh-NOO-shee-uh\ noun : a [minute](https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minute#h2) or minor detail — usually used in plural ...Show More
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