Meaning of “dictionary” in the English Dictionary


"dictionary" in English

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dictionarynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdɪk.ʃən.ər.i/ us /ˈdɪk.ʃə

A1 a book that contains a list of words in alphabetical order and that explains their meanings, or gives a word for them in another language; a similar product 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 particular subject, in which the entries (= words or phrases) are given in alphabetical order:

a biographical/science dictionary
a dictionary of quotations

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(Definition of “dictionary” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dictionary" in American English

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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)