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"Impanel" just became the #1 search on The Free Dictionary
What is impaneling, and what is a grand jury?
Searches for "maverick" are trending
“Maverick” has been one of the most-searched words at TheFreeDictionary.com on July 28, 2017.
Searches for "jamboree" are up 400%
"Jamboree" has been one of the most-searched words at TheFreeDictionary.com on July 25, 2017.
Googol, Yahoo, and 28 other words invented from scratch
Neologisms coined into existence can be found throughout literature, science, and industry, and they include some of the words you use every day.
We ranked the top 27 letters of the alphabet (U won't believe what's #21!)
Finally, the definitive ranking of every letter in the alphabet.
What does your name mean? It might be more obvious than you think
Want to know what your name means? Start your search here.
41 adorable baby animal names (with pics!)
Baby animal names are sometimes just as cute as the baby animals themselves. Here's a list of 41 of the most adorable.
A clowder of cats: 30 fancy names for animal groups
Do you know which animals groups are called an unkindness, an ambush, or an ostentation?
59 times you quoted Shakespeare without knowing it
You use these words and phrases all the time. Did you know Shakespeare coined them?
14 Shakespeare quotes NOT written by Shakespeare
Shakespeare wrote a lot of great lines. Just not these.
14 popular phrases you had no idea were from the King James Bible
Who knew so many popular phrases originated in the Bible? Here's 14 you probably use all the time.
Deflategate and 14 other scandals ending in -gate (including Gategate!)
Why do scandals always end in -gate?
4 things the Death Star isn't (by definition)
Let's not jump to any conclusions, Obi-Wan. Let's consult the dictionary first.
The famous last words of 12 enigmatic icons
The famous last words of the dying and the last dying words of the famous. It's a good thing someone was around to write them down.
13 awesome synonyms for awesome used by awesome authors
Awesome. Really awesome. Super awesome. Are you running out of synonyms for awesome?
12 synonyms for beautiful used perfectly by famous authors
Looking for another word for beautiful? Feast your eyes on these 12 classic authors' descriptions for beauty.
A list of verbs with which you can do (or be) anything
A list of verbs, including explanations of how different types of verbs function in a sentence.
A list of adjectives with which you can describe anything
A list of adjectives, including types of adjectives and examples.
There are more than 70 pronouns. Here's the full list…
A list of all pronouns, plus definitions for each type of pronoun.
Homophones, Homonyms, and Homographs: How to tell the difference
These three grammar terms are confusing and easily mixed up. Learn how to tell them apart with easy explanations and examples.
The 8 reasons your mispelling the 40 most misspelled words
A list of some of the most common misspellings, grouped into the reasons why they're most often misspelled.
I before E: 21 spelling rules (and their crazy exceptions!)
Believe it or not, English actually has spelling rules. And exceptions...
The 7 Major Differences between British and American Spelling
Do you know the 7 ways in which Brits and Americans spell things differently?
The Strange Things Americans and Brits Say Differently
The queue for the loo, or the line for the bathroom? Depends where you live.
See how letters came from words (not the other way around)
A visual guide to how we arrived at the modern alphabet.
What rhymes with orange? And 8 other burning language questions
What rhymes with orange? What is the plural of moose? What is the longest word in the world? All of your questions about words, answered by The Free Dictionary.
A full list of prepositions (no singing required)
Looking for a list of prepositions? Look no further.
A very long list of adverbs, not all of which end in -ly
A list of adverbs, plus definitions and examples of how to use different types of adverbs in a sentence.