Word of the Day: lexicon

Word of the Day: lexicon

1. a reference book containing an alphabetical list of words with information about them

2. a language user’s knowledge of words


The word lexicon has appeared in 118 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Aug. 30 in “Novak Djokovic Knocks on the Door of a Very Exclusive Club” by Christopher Clarey:

The moment could be near. Novak Djokovic won the first three Grand Slam tournaments of the year and needs only to win the United States Open, which began on Monday in New York, to join Laver in the club.

… The term Grand Slam entered sports in the 20th century via contract bridge, a card game in which a grand slam meant winning the maximum 13 tricks.

In baseball, it came to mean a home run with the bases loaded, and in 1930, Grand Slam became a part of golf’s lexicon when Bobby Jones won the four major tournaments of that era.

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