SPRINGFIELD, Mass., April 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Merriam-Webster Inc., America's leading dictionary publisher, has been named a Best Education & Reference Mobile Honoree in the 20th Annual Webby Awards. Fewer than 20% of the nearly 13,000 entries to the Awards receive this honor. Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. IADAS, which nominates and selects The Webby Award Winners, is composed of Web industry experts, including Tumblr founder, David Karp, Executive Creative Director at Refinery29, Piera Gelardi, Musicians Questlove & Grimes, Head of Fashion Partnerships at Instagram, Eva Chen, Twitter Co-Founder, Biz Stone, Jimmy Kimmel, and creator of the .gif file format, Steve Wilhite.
Earlier this year Merriam-Webster completely re-engineered and relaunched its popular dictionary site, which attracts more than 100 million pageviews per month. The modern, elegant, responsive design enables users to engage with features for language lovers and language learners alike, across all devices and screen sizes, anytime, anywhere.
The new site has updated the dictionary layout making its rich and useful content – including example sentences, usage notes, and synonym lists – easier to navigate than ever before. Dynamic features including Merriam-Webster's Ask the Editor video series, blogs and galleries of Words at Play, word games, and proprietary trending look-up data make the site a timely and popular language hub.
"Honorees like Merriam-Webster are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet," said David-Michel Davies, Executive Director of The Webby Awards. "It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the nearly 13,000 entries we received this year."
"We are so pleased to be honored by the Webbys, and to be in the company of this rare group of creators and innovators," said Lisa Schneider, Chief Digital Product Officer for Merriam-Webster. "Our team includes the largest group of lexicographers in North America, and it is our mission and our passion to provide the content and products that help millions of users understand the world better and communicate more clearly and powerfully."
About 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.
For more information, visit Merriam-Webster.com, an official Webby Award Honoree for 2016, and follow @MerriamWebster and @PeterSokolowski on Twitter.
About The Webby Awards
Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, Online Film & Video, Advertising & Media, Mobile Sites & Apps and Social. Established in 1996, The Webby Awards received nearly 13,000 entries from 65 countries and nearly all 50 states this year. The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: Vitamin T, Shocase, Engine Yard, Code and Theory, Advertising Age and Google.
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