Merriam-Webster Adds Wi-Fi®

Austin, Texas, October 27, 2005 − Wi-Fi® is everywhere these days, and now, you can even find it in Merriam-Webster. The dictionary is one more location to add to the millions - airports, coffee shops, schools, offices and homes - where Wi-Fi can already be found. The definition of Wi-Fi is included in the new 2005 Copyright of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary, Eleventh Edition.

"You know you've truly made it when you're in Webster's dictionary," said Frank Hanzlik, Managing Director of the Wi-Fi Alliance. "Wi-Fi is not only a way of life for thousands and thousands but also is now a bona fide part of the English language."

Webster's defines "Wi-Fi" as follows: "Wi-Fi (certification mark) - used to certify the interoperability of wireless computer networking devices."

"We couldn't have hoped for a better way to highlight the importance of interoperability, and this also reinforces our message that 'it's not Wi-Fi unless it's Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ ,'" Hanzlik said. "Webster's is a highly respected source for word definitions, so appearing in the dictionary lends real credibility to everything the Wi-Fi Alliance has been working toward."

According to Webster's, "Wi-Fi" is one of the nearly 100 new words and senses that have been added to the best-selling Eleventh Edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. A few other new entries include "brain freeze," "chick flick," and "metadata."

"When you look at how long it took some of the new entries to make it into the dictionary, we feel honored to have been included so soon after Wi-Fi first came on the scene," Hanzlik said. "Webster's dates the newly included 'chick flick' back to 1985, but it only took 'Wi-Fi' a few years of use to make it, which is a testament to the fast-growing popularity of this technology."

About the Wi-Fi Alliance

The Wi-Fi Alliance is a global, non-profit industry association of more than 200 member companies devoted to promoting the growth of wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs). With the aim of enhancing the user experience for mobile wireless devices, the Wi-Fi Alliance's testing and certification programs ensure the interoperability of WLAN products based on the IEEE 802.11 specification. Since the introduction of the Wi-Fi Alliance's certification program in March 2000, more than 2,200 products have been designated as Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ , encouraging the expanded use of Wi-Fi products and services across the consumer and enterprise markets. For more information, please visit

For more information, contact: Edelman for Wi-Fi Alliance: Michael Diamond,, 650-429-2772.