Wiktionary:Word of the day

Wiktionary’s Word of the Day features interesting words, terms, and phrases on the Main Page.

Today’s Word of the Day

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To have the current Word of the Day delivered fresh to your electronic mailbox daily, subscribe to the Wikimedia Daily Article Mailing List. Among other things, you’ll also receive the Quote of the Day from Wikiquote and the Featured Article of the Day from Wikipedia.

Future Words of the Day

You can nominate a term as a future Word of the Day at:

You can also check out the terms that are already in the queue to be a Word of the Day in July and August:

Past Words of the Day

 

Alphabetical index

Chronological index

Frequently asked questions

See Wiktionary:Word of the day/FAQ.

History

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Also in early 2007, the entries started being marked with {{was wotd}} to prevent duplicates, and an alphabetic index (no longer updated) was added.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!