Merriam-Webster Redefines Online Dictionary with Major Site Redesign

Jan 06, 2016, 09:49 ET from Merriam-Webster, Inc.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Jan. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Merriam-Webster, Inc., America's leading dictionary publisher, has completely re-engineered and relaunched its popular dictionary site, which attracts more than 100 million pageviews per month.

The new site has reinvented the dictionary definition layout to make its rich and useful content – including example sentences, usage notes, and synonym lists – easier to navigate than ever before.  The modern, elegant, responsive design also enables users to engage with features for language lovers and language learners alike, across all devices and screen sizes, anytime, anywhere.

"The new site makes smart and creative use of the card concept to make our authoritative dictionary content more legible and scannable than ever," says Lisa Schneider, Vice President, Digital Product Management. "Users can easily find the information that's most helpful to them, as well as discover engaging tools and features for language learning or just plain fun, across all their devices."

Those features include Merriam-Webster's popular Ask the Editor video series, blogs and galleries of Words at Play, an engaging series of word games, and proprietary trending look-up data that makes the site a timely and popular language hub. "Our Trend Watch features tap into the national conversation," adds Schneider, "clueing users into what people are thinking and talking about, and how these terms came to be used this way."

"We have seen a heightened public interest in language in recent years," said John Morse, President and Publisher of Merriam-Webster, "and we think our millions of users are going to be delighted with the mobile-friendly accessibility of their favorite features, the addition of relevant content and scan-the-dictionary options on definition pages, and an overall experience that is clean, intuitive, and shareable."

To experience the new, please visit

Merriam-Webster, Inc. For more than 150 years, in print and now in digital media, Merriam-Webster has been America's leading and most-trusted provider of language information. Each month, our websites and apps offer guidance to tens of millions of visitors. In print, our publications include Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary (among the best-selling books in American history) and newly published dictionaries for English-language learners. All Merriam-Webster products and services are backed by the largest team of professional dictionary editors and writers in America, and one of the largest in the world.

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