English dictionaries

November 29, 2006 at 11:12 am | Posted in Language, Learning English | 2 Comments

Here is my collection of useful and interesting English online dictionaries (a few of them useful for natives of German only ):

For your everyday English language needs:

» Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary – definitions and examples, mainly British English

» Merriam-Webster Online – thesaurus (synonyms), mainly American English

» Princeton WordNet – a lexical database to browse online or to download (thanks to Automatthias)

» www.dict.cc – German/English – use only in combination with one of the dictionaries above

» dict.leo.org – German/English – use only in combination with one of the dictionaries above

Popular English, English of the people:

» Urban Dictionary – user-managed slang dictionary, mainly American English

» Peevish – English slang and colloquialisms used in the United Kingdom

» Online Dictionary of Playground Slang – including school slang, gay slang and nursery rhymes

» Dictionary of English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions – i.e. not necessarily proverbs

» Word of Quotes, English Proverbs – Ale in, wit out



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  1. I would like to also recommend the WordNet dictionary. It’s a freely accessible (and downloadable) database, which you can use via a web interface or via a small desktop application, like an applet on a panel.

  2. Thank you!

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