n. (pl. dictionaries)
a book that lists the words of a language and gives their meaning, or their equivalent in a different language.
dic‧tion‧a‧ry / ˈdɪkʃən ə ri $ -neri / noun ( plural dictionaries ) [ countable ]
1 a book that gives a list of words in alphabetical order and explains their meanings in the same language, or another language :
a German – English dictionary
2 a book that explains the words and phrases used in a particular subject :
a science dictionary
use a dictionary We advise all our students to use a good dictionary.
look something up in a dictionary If you don’t understand the meaning of a word, look it up in a dictionary.
check a dictionary I often check the dictionary for spelling and pronunciation.
consult a dictionary formal (= check something in a dictionary ) Consult the dictionary for examples of how a word is used.
ADJECTIVES/NOUN + dictionary
a pocket dictionary (= small enough to be carried in your pocket ) Pocket dictionaries don't always give you enough information.
an electronic dictionary (= small electronic machine containing a dictionary ) Electronic dictionaries are very popular in Japan.
a bilingual dictionary (= with translations from one language into another ) A bilingual dictionary is an essential purchase for anybody learning a foreign language.
a monolingual dictionary (= written in only one language ) Monolingual dictionaries tend to have more examples than bilingual ones.
a picture dictionary (= containing a lot of pictures, especially for children or beginners in a language ) The advantage of a picture dictionary is that you don't have lengthy definitions.
an online dictionary (= one you can use on the Internet ) There are plenty of online dictionaries available free on the Internet.
an etymological dictionary (= showing the origin and history of words ) Etymological dictionaries show how languages borrow words from each other.
dictionary + NOUN
a dictionary definition Clear dictionary definitions are what students look for.
a dictionary entry (= the definition and all the other information at a word ) The introduction explains the functions of the different parts of a dictionary entry.
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