REf Dictionaries Atlas Language Guides Writing Guides Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $60.00
  • Save: $19.55 (33%)
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
The American Heritage Dic... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Good | Details
Sold by John3:16books
Condition: :
Comment: no cover for hardback
Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for $12.71
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition Hardcover – November 1, 2011

ISBN-13: 004-6442006613 ISBN-10: 0547041012 Edition: 5 Ind Thm

Buy New
Price: $40.45
56 New from $30.81 48 Used from $23.91
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$40.45
$30.81 $23.91
Unknown Binding
"Please retry"
Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


Hero Quick Promo
Save up to 90% on Textbooks
Rent textbooks, buy textbooks, or get up to 80% back when you sell us your books. Shop Now
$40.45 FREE Shipping. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition + Roget's International Thesaurus, 7e, Thumb indexed (Roget's International Thesaurus Indexed) + New Oxford American Dictionary
Price for all three: $91.51

Buy the selected items together
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Cheers
Hallmark Greeting Cards
Browse our selection of Hallmark Signature Collection greeting cards. Learn more

Product Details

  • Series: American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language
  • Hardcover: 2112 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade; 5 Ind Thm edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547041012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547041018
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 2.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

The Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries are trained lexicographers with a varied array of interests and expertise. Most of the editors hold graduate degrees, and several have degrees in linguistics or in the history of the English language. All the editors familiarize themselves with the vocabulary in specific subject areas, collect materials on new developments and usage, and work in association with consultants to ensure that the content of our publications is as accurate and up-to-date as possible.

Customer Reviews

My 5 stars rating is enough to express my impression of this product.
Boy Lumoindong
The iPad app that comes with this edition is a terrific bonus and the app is very well put together.
Don R. Anderson
It is high quality paper and all the words are in blue so they are very easy on the eyes.
Skip

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

105 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Linda on November 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I tutor elementary students in language arts and am a substitute teacher; the AHD Fifth edition was a replacement for my outdated AHD Third edition. I don't own electronic gadgets and, unlike another reviewer who wasn't happy thumbing through a seven pound tome (my scale registered the book at eight pounds, if that's important), I use my dictionary almost daily. The fifth edition includes color images; the guide words and entry words are printed in a nice blue. I would have liked a dust jacket, but the binding is study and will withstand frequent use with minimal wear and tear (though the light fabric may suffer from fingerprints). Have to admit I shook my head in bewilderment at some of the new entries, especially "ginormous" and "conversate."

Learning/education is a lifelong process, and a dictionary is as essential to a home as plumbing and electricity! Instead of purchasing new software for that gaming device or a ginormous TV for the family room, consider purchasing the American Heritage Dictionary for a holiday family gift instead. It's affordable, will last a lifetime, and may even become a family heirloom!
9 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By dcubed on December 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I looked at this dictionary at the library while trying to make a decision between two other dictionaries (Merriam-Webster Collegiate, 11th edition and Webster's New World College). This library did not have New World, but did have MW and the text looked very muddy to me, not inviting. My children and I also looked at some of the other dictionaries available like the Oxford Shorter English and this American Heritage. Both had clean, crisp text but the AH also had the main words in blue, the definitions in clear black and color pictures in the margins. I admit that I was drawn to the color pictures and found the blue printing really made the words stand out and invited perusing for enjoyment.

The other dictionaries might have better selections and more extras (and I would most *definitely* prefer a CD/download that works on Windows instead of iOS or Android), but this is the one where I would enjoy the experience.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
104 of 121 people found the following review helpful By Rem on November 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
First and foremost, let me state that my disappointment mostly has to do with the extras that I have come to expect out of this dictionary, not entries and definitions themselves.

* the two-page spread of "Entries with Notes" [pp. vi-vii in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition : Print and CD-ROM Edition listing headwords that had Regional Notes, Our Living Language Notes, Synonym Notes, Usage Notes, and Word History Notes have disappeared without a trace

* "Regional Patterns of American Speech" essay by Lee Pederson [pp. xvi-xxi in the 4th] is nowhere to be found

* While some headwords have notes appended to them that they hadn't in the past, a lot of notes form the 4th edition are simply missing. (such as with ERR)

* some notes haven't been updated even though the situation remains fluid (such as a usage note at FORTE (1) hasn't been updated and still lists Usage Panel survey data from 1996)

* Indo-European and Semitic roots appendixes appear (after perusing the dictionary for a couple of days) to be exactly the same. (For instance, the new entry THOBE isn't referenced in the Semitic Roots appendix at all)

* Font size has changed from slightly smaller (in essays and entries) to a lot smaller (in Indo-European and Semitic Roots appendixes). Problem is that while making the font smaller did shave off over 6 pages (from 35,5 to 29) from Indo-European Roots appendix, it only shaved off half-a-page from Semitic Roots appendix, thus not reducing the page number at all. Why couldn't the font size been left the same in Semitic Roots appendix?
Read more ›
4 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Sills on March 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language has been my favorite dictionary for many years. I just bought the fifth edition (2084 pages), and still have the first (1550 pages) and fourth (2074 pages). In this review, I'll discuss two items -- the entries themselves, and the side notes for various words.

For the entries, I looked at a short section near the word "dictionary." Compared to the fourth edition, the fifth edition dropped "didapper" (a type of grebe) and added "dicyclomine" (a medical drug); this reflects a greater emphasis on technical words. (This continues a trend that has been occurring since the first edition -- dropping "Dictograph" and "Didache" and adding "dictyosome" and "didanosine.")

To me, the outstanding feature of the American Heritage Dictionary has been the side notes -- not just synonyms, but also usage notes, word histories, etc. Unfortunately, in this respect, the fifth edition is considerably weaker than the fourth.

In the L section through "limbo", the fourth edition has 24 words with side notes (excluding synonyms), but the fifth edition has only 13. That is, about half of the old side notes are gone. The fifth edition no longer has a word history for "lemon", a usage note for "lifestyle", or a regional note for "lightning bug." There is also a small reduction in the number of words with synonyms.

These side notes made the American Heritage Dictionary fun for browsing, and the fifth edition is much weaker in this regard than the fourth. It's still an excellent dictionary, but less interesting and enjoyable than the previous edition.
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition
This item: The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition
Price: $60.00 $40.45
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com