Press > Brings to the Web the All-New Multimedia Fourth Edition of The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language for Free Unlimited Use
Most Up-to-date Preeminent Dictionary Adds 10,000 New Words, 70,000 Audio Pronunciations and 900 Illustrations
September 14, 2000—New York— (, the first name in Internet publishing of reference, verse and classic literature, today released the Houghton Mifflin publication of the new Fourth Edition of The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language for unlimited free reading, viewing, searching and listening on the Web—simultaneous with its hard cover and CD-ROM release in bookstores.   1
  The Fourth Edition published today adds 10,000 new words and senses from science, technology, business, economics, food, and popular culture. The Fourth Edition defines over 200,000 words and provides hundreds of new and revised notes on the language, including usage notes based on the opinions of more than 200 experts serving on the American Heritage® Usage Panel. In addition, the electronic version of The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition includes more than 900 full-page color illustrations and 70,000 pronunciations recorded by the respected lexicographers who helped write this reference work’s definitions.   2
  David Langevin, vice president and director of sales for Houghton Mifflin’s Electronic Publishing group says, “We are quite pleased to make our new Fourth Edition available to’s loyal patrons. continues to be a shining example of how the Web experience can satisfy intellectual curiosity by making reference accessible and enjoyable; it’s a perfect online accompaniment to The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition.”   3
  In addition to’s presentation of the new multimedia resources of the Fourth Edition, the patron can choose from both a fast and powerful search (with full-text and more-narrowed options) and browsable alphabetical and subject indexes of more than 91,000 entries, 900 illustrations, hundreds of usage, word history and other language notes, as well as appendices of Indo-European and Semitic roots.   4
  “By delivering the new multimedia resources of the preeminent dictionary of the English language for free on the Web and on the day of its release in bookstores, continues to bring the best and most up-to-date full-text searchable reference shelf to the desktop of every student, researcher and pleasure reader,” said John Kibler, President and CEO,   5
  The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition at, offers the following new features:
  • 10,000 new words and senses reflecting the explosion of new vocabulary from technology to slang
  • 70,000 sound files of word pronunciations by the dictionary’s lexicographers
  • 900 full-page, color illustrations and maps
  • Fast full-text and more-narrowed searching
  • Free, unlimited browsing by multiple indexes from anywhere in the world
  • Revised Appendix of Indo-European Roots and new Appendix of Semitic Roots that trace hidden connections between words dating back to prehistoric times
  • New and updated guidance on grammar, style and new usage problems from the American Heritage® renowned Usage Panel of over 200 experts
  • Expansive biographical and geographical entries providing detailed capsule histories of cities, countries and regions of the world, as well as brief summaries of the lives of thousands of notable figures from science, politics, sports and the arts
  • Over 150 innovative notes on regionalisms and language variations from all over the United States
  • Web address: (
   6 combines the new Fourth Edition with other respected reference resources by Houghton Mifflin editors—namely, Roget’s II: The New Thesaurus and The American Heritage® Book of English Usage—into a full-text searchable database (, all in the innovative interface that has made the previous presentation of the Third Edition the preeminent scholarly dictionary freely available on the Web.   7
About Houghton Mifflin Company
Houghton Mifflin is a leading publisher of textbooks, instructional technology, assessments, and other educational materials for elementary and secondary schools and colleges. The Company also publishes an extensive line of reference works and fiction and non-fiction for adults and young readers. The Company’s Internet site can be found at   8
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