[glos-uh-ree, glaw-suh-]
noun, plural glossaries.
a list of terms in a special subject, field, or area of usage, with accompanying definitions.
such a list at the back of a book, explaining or defining difficult or unusual words and expressions used in the text.

1350–1400; Middle English glossarye < Latin glōssarium difficult word requiring explanation < Greek glōssárion, diminutive of glôssa tongue, language; later taken as a collection of such words, by construing suffix as Latin -ārium -ary; cf. gloss2

glossarial [glo-sair-ee-uhl, glaw-] , adjective
glossarially, adverb
glossarist, noun Unabridged
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glossary (ˈɡlɒsərɪ)
n , pl -ries
Sometimes called: gloss an alphabetical list of terms peculiar to a field of knowledge with definitions or explanations
[C14: from Late Latin glossārium; see gloss²]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from L. glossarium "collection of glosses" (see gloss (2)), from Gk. glossarion, dim. of glossa "obsolete or foreign word."
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Example sentences
Use the glossary if you run into an unfamiliar word or product.
Boldface vocabulary words direct readers to the glossary but are distracting
  and create an off-putting textbook aura.
So, when foxed and flummoxed, there's nothing for it but this excellent
Each agency reportedly maintains a glossary of keywords.
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