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Wiktionary’s Word of the Day features interesting words, terms, and phrases on the Main Page. For Words of the Day in languages other than English, see Foreign Word of the Day. At present, Sgconlaw (talkcontribs) is in charge of the process, setting dates for the words.

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Word of the day
for December 8
immaculate adj
  1. Having no blemish or stain; absolutely clean and tidy.
  2. (figurative)
    1. Containing no mistakes.
      1. (specifically) Of a book, manuscript, etc.: having no textual errors.
    2. (archaic) Free from sin; morally pure; sinless.
    3. (Roman Catholicism) Of the Virgin Mary or her womb: pure, undefiled.
  3. (botany, zoology, especially entomology) Lacking blotches, spots, or other markings.

  The Roman Catholic Church marks the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on this day to celebrate the Immaculate Conception and sinless life of the Virgin Mary. The feast was solemnized as a holy day of obligation by Pope Clement XI 315 years ago on 17 December 1708 (6 December according to the Julian calendar).

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Although there were several early attempts to begin a Word of the Day on Wiktionary, the first official WOTD was posted on 10 January 2006.

Considerable opposition to the now wildly popular WOTD was raised, as it was felt that one full year’s supply of terms should be prepared before it appeared on the Main Page. That took over a year to happen.

In 2007, the RSS feed was created, then an alternate feed (no longer operational) was later added. In July and August 2007, the WOTD was added to the Wikimedia Daily Article Mailing List.

Also in early 2007, the entries started being marked with {{was wotd}} to prevent duplicates, and an alphabetic index (which has since failed RFD) was added.

No voting process currently exists for deciding the terms that get featured as WOTD. The volunteers managing it use a set of criteria to ensure adequate variety for any given month’s batch of WOTDs. For details, please see “Wiktionary:Word of the day/Nominations”. Before entries finally make it into the spotlight, they are vetted and tidied up to ensure they are properly formatted and referenced, have suitable quotations, and so on. Only then will they be awesome enough to show to the world!