Definition of Main entry word

1. Noun. The form of a word that heads a lexical entry and is alphabetized in a dictionary.

Exact synonyms: Citation Form, Entry Word
Generic synonyms: Descriptor, Form, Signifier, Word Form
Group relationships: Dictionary Entry, Lexical Entry

Main Entry Word Pictures

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Main Entry Word

main buildings
main chance
main clause
main clauses
main course
main deck
main diagonal
main diagonals
main drag
main drags
main droite
main en crochet
main en griffe
main en lorgnette
main entry word (current term)
main file
main gauche
main group
main group element
main group elements
main house
main houses
main line
main lines
main man
main memory
main men
main office

Literary usage of Main entry word

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Public Library Handbook by Denver Public Library, John Cotton Dana (1895)
"is placed under the main entry word ; that is, the first word on the principal catalogue entry, usually the author's name. For example, for Fiske's ..."

2. Comparative Cataloguing-rules by Theresa Hitchler (1903)
"The opposite course is followed and the entry-word of the continuation becomes main entry- word, with a cross reference from the first part in case the ..."

3. Cataloging for Small Libraries by Theresa Hitchler (1915)
"main entry word. The first word on the principal catalog entry, usually the author's name. Mercantile Library. A subscription library established for and ..."

4. List of Subject Headings for Use in Dictionary Catalogs by American Library Association, Mary Josephine Briggs (1914)
"Since in this work the main entry word is not repeated, the punctuation for subjects subdivided is not indicated in the main alphabet. ..."

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