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  • Fourth edition, published in 2000. Includes definitions, etymologies, and sound clips demonstrating proper pronunciation.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • Hypertext version links relevant points in the text to other authoritative Web resources.
  • Free online learner's dictionaries from Cambridge University Press. Dictionaries include: Learner's, Advanced Learner's, American English, Idioms, and Phrasal Verbs.
  • "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."
  • 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.
  • A compendium of glossaries on various subjects, searchable by keyword or browsed in over 130 categories.
  • Basic vocabulary practice in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Contains over 6,000 images. Look up a word alphabetically or browse images organized by theme (subject).
  • A dictionary of mostly Internet-related terms

  • Search over 800 dictionary Websites for definitions and translations.
  • "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.' "
  • 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.

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