Definition of “guide word” - English Dictionary

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“guide word” in British English

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guide wordnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɡaɪd ˌwɜːd/ us /ˈɡaɪd ˌwɝːd/

In this dictionary, guide words help you find the explanation you are looking for when a word has more than one main meaning. They are printed in small, coloured capital letters.

(Definition of “guide word” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)