Online Dictionary Index

Every person who writes needs to refer to a dictionary or thesaurus from time to time.

I recently did some research into what dictionaries are available online and the results were truly mind-boggling. Using the Google search engine, I entered the term "online dictionary" and it returned over 1,350,000 results!

Of course, the big problem was where to start. What dictionary resource should I use?

It occurred to me that many people would face this same dilemma, so I decided to spend a few hours and do some research to simplify the process for everyone.

Here are my recommendations as the top Free "online dictionary and language resources" on the Web:

  • Merriam-Webster's Dictionary look-up page,
    Free dictionary and thesaurus look-up including an online audible pronunciation database.

  • The Macquarie Dictionary
    First published in 1981, the Macquarie Dictionary calls itself "the record of Australian English".

  • Newbury House Online Dictionary
    Online dictionary that contains over 40,000 entries, based on the best selling Newbury House Dictionary of American English.

  • Online Dictionary Database
    This online dictionary query service searches multiple online dictionary databases and returns results instantly.

  • One-Look Dictionary-Search
    Called the "Faster Finder", it claims to search 700+ online dictionaries simultaneously with a total word count of over 4 million.

  • Portal
    Claims to be the most comprehensive and authoritative portal for language and language-related products and services on the Web with more than 1,800 dictionaries for over 250 languages.

I should note that all of the above online dictionary services are free. That would explain why the well-known Oxford Dictionary is not listed here. It is available by paid subscription only.

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