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    Hello,
    I'm trying to work out the pronunciation and abbreviation key for the dictionary entries on dict.org?
    I'm trying to interpret the following -
    Library \Li"bra*ry\ (l[imac]"br[asl]*r[y^]), n.; pl. Libraries
    (-r[i^]z). [OE. librairie, F. librairie bookseller's shop,
    book trade, formerly, a library, fr. libraire bookseller, L.
    librarius, from liber book; cf. libraria bookseller's shop,
    librarium bookcase, It. libreria. See Libel.]

    What do the " and * mean in \Li"bra*ry\ ??
    What does l[imac] mean ?
    What does "br[asl] mean?
    What does r[y^] mean?
    What does ^ mean/imply?
    What does ' mean/imply (not found in the above example but appears in others)?
    What does OE. mean?
    What does F. mean?
    What does fr. mean?
    What does L. mean?
    What does cf. mean?
    What does It. mean?
    I'm sure there are many more. Can anyone explain any of the above?

    Thank you.

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    Very strange site.
    Home-brewed phonetics?

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    Quote Originally Posted by uniopp View Post
    Hello,
    I'm trying to work out the pronunciation and abbreviation key for the dictionary entries on dict.org?
    I'm trying to interpret the following -
    Library \Li"bra*ry\ (l[imac]"br[asl]*r[y^]), n.; pl. Libraries
    (-r[i^]z). [OE. librairie, F. librairie bookseller's shop,
    book trade, formerly, a library, fr. libraire bookseller, L.
    librarius, from liber book; cf. libraria bookseller's shop,
    librarium bookcase, It. libreria. See Libel.]

    What do the " and * mean in \Li"bra*ry\ ??
    What does l[imac] mean ?
    What does "br[asl] mean?
    What does r[y^] mean?
    What does ^ mean/imply?
    What does ' mean/imply (not found in the above example but appears in others)?
    What does OE. mean?
    What does F. mean?
    What does fr. mean?
    What does L. mean?
    What does cf. mean?
    What does It. mean?
    I'm sure there are many more. Can anyone explain any of the above?

    Thank you.

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    The weird symbols at the beginning of the entry obviously indicate the pronunciation. I cannot anywhere find an explanation for all of these symbols, but you'd have to look up that explanation to understand them.

    The other symbols are easy enough to guess:

    OE = Old English
    F = French
    fr = from
    cf = compare with or consult (from Latin "confer")
    It = Italian

    Incidentally, "cf" is a common abbreviation, like "eg" for "for example" and "ie" for "that is".

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    Quote Originally Posted by uniopp View Post
    Hello,
    I'm trying to work out the pronunciation and abbreviation key for the dictionary entries on dict.org?
    I'm trying to interpret the following -
    Library \Li"bra*ry\ (l[imac]"br[asl]*r[y^]), n.; pl. Libraries
    (-r[i^]z). [OE. librairie, F. librairie bookseller's shop,
    book trade, formerly, a library, fr. libraire bookseller, L.
    librarius, from liber book; cf. libraria bookseller's shop,
    librarium bookcase, It. libreria. See Libel.]

    What do the " and * mean in \Li"bra*ry\ ?? Shows shere the syllables break
    What does l[imac] mean ? iMac as an example of how the "i" is pronounced
    What does "br[asl] mean? "bra[ssieres]" as an example of how "bra" sounds in the word library
    What does r[y^] mean? looks like a symbol to indicate pronunciation of "ry" at the end of library
    What does ^ mean/imply? see above
    What does ' mean/imply (not found in the above example but appears in others)? would need to see examples
    What does OE. mean?
    What does F. mean?
    What does fr. mean?
    What does L. mean? Latin
    What does cf. mean?
    What does It. mean?
    I'm sure there are many more. Can anyone explain any of the above?

    Thank you.

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    Why don't you try using Dictionary.com ?

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