The Shakespeare Glossary
Here you will find the meanings of old and unusual words used in Elizabethan England. If you need more information on a particular word or the context in which it is used, please see the play or sonnet in which the word appears for detailed annotations.
|Ado. = Much Ado About Nothing Aw. = All’s Well that Ends’s Well Ant. = Antony and Cleopatra Ayl. = As You Like It Chor. = Chorus Cor. = Coriolanus Cym. = Cymbeline Epil. = Epilogue Gent. = Two Gentlemen of Verona 1KH4. = 1 Henry IV 2KH4. = 2 Henry IV 1KH6. = 1 Henry VI 2KH6. = 2 Henry VI 3KH6. = 3 Henry VI H8. = Henry VIII Ham. = Hamlet KJ. = King John LLL. = Love’s Labours Lost Lr. = King Lear Lucr. = Rape of Lucrece Mac. = Macbeth Meas. = Measure for Measure Mer. = Merchant of Venice MND. = Midsummer Night’s Dream Oth. = Othello Per. = Pericles R2. = Richard II||R3. = Richard III Rom. = Romeo and Juliet Shr. = Taming of the Shrew Tim. = Timon of Athens Tit. = Titus Andronicus Temp. = The Tempest Troil. = Troilus and Cressida Ven. = Venus and Adonis Wint. = Winter’s Tale Wiv. = Merry Wives of Windsor adj. = adjective adv. = adverb arch. = archaic comp. = compound conj. = conjunction esp. = especially F1, F2. = Folio 1, Folio 2 Fr. = French freq. = frequently It. = Italian L. = Latin obs. = obsolete pl. = plural prep. = preposition prob. = probably Q. = quarto vb. = verb|