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Best of the Web: Arts & Humanities » Literature & Linguistics » General Literature Resources » Dictionaries
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language
Fourth edition, published in 2000. Includes definitions, etymologies, and sound clips demonstrating proper pronunciation.
American-British, British-American Dictionary
This "dictionary has two halves: American to British, where the explanation and definitions of American words are in British, and British to American, where British words are explained in American terminology and spellings."
Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Although this hypertext edition is taken from the 1898 edition of the book, many of the phrases and fables we encounter today will appear in this classic source. The text is easily searched by keywords.
Bullfinch's Mythology - the Age of Fable
Hypertext version links relevant points in the text to other authoritative Web resources.
Cambridge Dictionaries Online
Free online learner's dictionaries from Cambridge University Press. Dictionaries include: Learner's, Advanced Learner's, American English, Idioms, and Phrasal Verbs.
Dictionary of Old English
"The Dictionary of Old English was conceived by Angus Cameron, its founding editor, as an historical dictionary in the tradition established by Sir James Murray for the Oxford English Dictionary. The Dictionary of Old English is based on records written in English between 600 and 1150 A.D."
Dictionary of Slang
Slang and colloquialisms used in the United Kingdom.
Dictionary.com is a multi-source dictionary search service that also provides links to a thesaurus, encyclopedia and web search service.
Glossarist: A Searchable Glossary Directory
A compendium of glossaries on various subjects, searchable by keyword or browsed in over 130 categories.
Internet Picture Dictionary
Basic vocabulary practice in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
Latin Language and Literature
List of online resources providing links to Latin-English and multilingual dictionaries, study guides, and literature resources.
Search for relationships between words, concepts, and people in this combination thesaurus, rhyming dictionary, pun generator, and concept navigator.
Merriam-Webster Learner's Dictionary
An online American English Dictionary for ESL, EFL, and TOEFL Students. Vocabulary and pronunciation exercises and quizzes. Free registration required for some features.
Look up words in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary or Thesaurus.
Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary Online
Contains over 6,000 images. Look up a word alphabetically or browse images organized by theme (subject).
NetLingo Online Dictionary
A dictionary of mostly Internet-related terms
OneLook? Dictionary Search
Search over 800 dictionary Websites for definitions and translations.
Online Etymology Dictionary
"The basic sources of this work are Weekley's 'An Etymological Dictionary of Modern English,' Klein's 'A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the English Language,' 'Oxford English Dictionary' (second edition), 'Barnhart Dictionary of Etymology,' Kluge's 'Etymologisches Worterbuch der Englischen Sprache,' Ayto's '20th Century Words,' and Chapman's 1Dictionary of American Slang.' "
Oxford Etymological Dictionary
Searchable dictionary of English-language word origins.
An online dictionary and search engine for computer and Internet technology.
Free online bilingual dictionaries in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian and many other languages.
All about language.