dictionary Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “dictionary” in the English Dictionary

"dictionary" in British English

See all translations

dictionarynoun [C]

uk   /ˈdɪk.ʃən.ər.i/  us   /-er.i/
A1 a ​book that ​contains a ​list of words in alphabeticalorder and that ​explainstheirmeanings, or gives a word for them in another ​language; a ​similarproduct for use on a ​computer: a French-English/English-French dictionary a ​bilingual/​monolingual dictionary To ​check how a word is ​spelled, ​look it up in a dictionary. a ​book that gives ​information about a ​particularsubject, in which the entries (= words or ​phrases) are given in ​alphabeticalorder: a ​biographical/​science dictionary a dictionary ofquotations
More examples
(Definition of dictionary from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dictionary" in American English

See all translations

dictionarynoun [C]

 us   /ˈdɪk·ʃəˌner·i/
a ​book that ​lists words with ​their meanings given in the same or in another ​language, and often ​includes other ​information
(Definition of dictionary from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “dictionary”
in Korean 사전…
in Arabic قاموس, مُعْجَم…
in Malaysian kamus…
in French dictionnaire…
in Russian словарь…
in Chinese (Traditional) 字典,詞典, 專業詞典…
in Italian dizionario…
in Turkish sözlük…
in Polish słownik…
in Spanish diccionario…
in Vietnamese từ điển…
in Portuguese dicionário…
in Thai พจนานุกรม, ปทานุกรม, นามานุกรม…
in German das Wörterbuch…
in Catalan diccionari…
in Japanese 辞書…
in Chinese (Simplified) 字典,词典, 专业词典…
in Indonesian kamus…
What is the pronunciation of dictionary?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day
coeducational

having male and female students being taught together in the same school or college rather than separately

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

hyperpalatable adjective
hyperpalatable adjective
August 24, 2015
describes food with heightened levels of sugar and salt, intended to be extremely appealing In Brazil, where the prevalence of overweight and obese adults has doubled since 1980, crisps, biscuits, energy bars and sugary drinks formulated to be ‘hyper-palatable’ are much more widely eaten than previously.

Read More