WordNet

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WordNet is a large lexical database of English developed, and held, at Princeton University. It is freely available, subject to copyright, at [[1]]. AWE uses it as a source for its definitions in US English, and as a linguistic corpus. It is a product of the Cognitive Science Laboratory, and is directed at computer 'understanding' of human language.
WordNet itself says: "Nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs are grouped into sets of cognitive synonyms (synsets), each expressing a distinct concept. Synsets are interlinked by means of conceptual-semantic and lexical relations. The resulting network of meaningfully related words and concepts can be navigated with the browser. WordNet is also freely and publicly available for download. WordNet's structure makes it a useful tool for computational linguistics and natural language processing" (AWE's emphasis).
WordNet is the most common source reported by the Google 'define:' tool.