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Dictionary.com Adds 650 New Words To Its Glossary, Including “Asexual,” “Gender-Inclusive,” and More

Over 15,000 entries on topics from race to internet culture were updated

“The unprecedented events of 2020,” says Dictionary.com, “from the pandemic to the protests, have profoundly changed our lives—and language.”


In April, the website added new terms, including “asymptomatic,” “viral load,” and “social distance,” as the COVID-19 pandemic continued. The protests against racism and police violence led to the influx of searches of “Black Lives Matter” and “antifa.” 




This week, they released their “biggest update ever,” which touched on over 15,000 entries. 650 new words were added, as well as 2,100 definitions, 1,200 new etymologies, 1,700 new pronunciations, 11,000 revised definitions, and 7,000 revised etymologies. 


Many of the words added include LGBTQIA-related terms like “ace,” “asexual,” “biromantic,” “deadname,” and “gender-inclusive.” It also includes an update on Pride, with a capital P. 


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