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  • pearly whites
    A person's set of teeth. Watch the video
  • pay (one's) last respects
    To show or express one's respect for someone who has died, especially by attending his or her funeral, wake, memorial service, etc. Watch the video

RSS Word of the Day

  • garret
    Definition: (noun) Floor consisting of open space at the top of a house just below roof; often used for storage. Synonyms: attic, loft. Usage: There was yet an upper staircase, of a steeper inclination and of contracted dimensions, to be ascended, before the garret story was reached. Discuss
  • transliterate
    Definition: (verb) To represent (letters or words) in the corresponding characters of another alphabet. Synonyms: transcribe. Usage: The Arabic text had to be transliterated for the American actors so that they could learn to speak their lines convincingly.

RSS Word Origins

  • lamp
    finial - The decorative knob on the top of a lamp, holding the shade on. More...pendeloque - A pear-shaped glass (crystal) pendant on a lamp or chandelier. More...lantern - Traces back to Greek lucerna, "lamp." More...match - First meant "wick of a candle or lamp" or "spout of a lamp" before it was the item […]
  • scrap
    mammock - A scrap, shred, or piece that is torn or broken off. More...riffraff - Rif/riff, "spoil, strip," and raf, "carry off," combined as rif et raf in French, then went to English as riff and raff, "everything, every scrap," and then riffraff. More...scrip - Can be a scrap of paper with writing on it. […]
  • trip
    trip - A group of goats. More...rustication - A trip to the country. More...safari - From Swahili, from Arabic safar, "journey, trip." More...supplant - Literally means "trip up," from Latin supplantare, "trip up, overthrow." More...
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