imbroglio

/ɪmˈbrəʊlɪəʊ/ noun 1 An extremely confused, complicated, or embarrassing situation. 1.1 archaic A confused heap. Origin Mid 18th century: Italian, from imbrogliare ‘confuse’; related to […] Read More

mermaid

/ˈməːmeɪd/ noun A mythical sea creature with the head and trunk of a woman and the tail of a fish, conventionally depicted as beautiful and […] Read More

lobotomy

/ləˈbɒtəmi/ noun A surgical operation involving incision into the prefrontal lobe of the brain, formerly used to treat mental illness. Compare with leucotomy mass noun […] Read More

reputation

/rɛpjʊˈteɪʃ(ə)n/ noun 1 The beliefs or opinions that are generally held about someone or something. 1.1 A widespread belief that someone or something has a […] Read More

monument

/ˈmɒnjʊm(ə)nt/ noun 1 A statue, building, or other structure erected to commemorate a notable person or event. 1.1 A statue or other structure placed over […] Read More

jussive

/ˈdʒʌsɪv/ adjective Grammar (of a form of a verb) expressing a command. Origin Mid 19th century: from Latin juss- ‘commanded’ (from the verb jubere) + […] Read More

elder

/ˈɛldə/ noun 1 one’s elder – People who are older than one. 1.1 one’s elder A person who is older than one by a specified […] Read More

uncinate

/ˈʌnsɪnət//ˈʌnsɪneɪt/ adjective Anatomy Having a hooked shape. Origin Mid 18th century: from Latin uncinatus, from uncinus ‘hook’. ========== The scorpion had an uncinate tail with […] Read More

persnickety

/pəˈsnɪkɪti/ adjective North American informal 1 Placing too much emphasis on trivial or minor details; fussy. 1.1 Requiring a particularly precise or careful approach. Origin […] Read More

vinification

/ˌvɪnɪfɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/ noun mass noun The conversion of grape juice or other vegetable extract into wine by fermentation.========== Although vinification can be considered both natural and […] Read More