Internet Links: Online Dictionaries

Almanacs, Concordances, Dictionaries, Encylopedias, Thesauri

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Link to Website Owner and Location Description Level
Almanacs
1. Infoplease: Encyclopedia, Almanac, Atlas, Biographies, Dictionary, Thesaurus Pearson Technology Centre
Old Tappan, NJ, USA
A large free reference site. Intermediate-Advanced
2. The Old Farmer's Almanac Yankee Publishing
Dublin, NH, USA
An almanac is an annual publication that includes information such as weather forecasts, farmers' planting dates, astronomical information, tide tables, and various statistics such as the times of the rising and setting of the sun and moon, eclipses, church festivals, and more. Intermediate-Advanced
Concordances
3. The Web Concordancer Educational Services Consultants
Hong Kong
An online tool for listing words used in a body of work, with their immediate contexts. College Prep
Dictionaries
4. Cambridge International Dictionaries Online Cambridge University Press
Cambridge, UK
Provides easy to understand definitions. You may choose one of the following dictionaries:
Learner’s, Advanced Learner's, American English, Idioms, Phrasal Verbs.
Upper Beginners+
5. The DICT Development Group
Online Dictionary Query
Rik Faith
The DICT Development Group
Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Searches Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), WordNet r(1.6), etc. Advanced
6. The Free Dictionary by Farlex Farlex, Inc.
Huntingdon Valley, PA, USA
Free online dictionary and thesaurus with audio pronunciation. Also medical, legal, computing and financial dictionaries. Plus Acronyms, idioms, encyclopedias and more... Intermediate-Advanced
7. Little Explorers Picture Dictionary Enchanted Learning, LLC
Mercer Island, WA, USA
Picture Dictionary with links. It has 1840 illustrated dictionary entries and each word is used in a meaningful example sentence. Also includes nursery rhymes, classroom activities, and other links... Lower Beginner
8. Merriam-Webster Online
Dictionary and Thesaurus
Merriam-Webster, Inc.
Springfield, MA, USA
An online dictionary and thesaurus. Provides audio pronunciation, function (part of speech), etymology and date. Advanced
9. Newbury House Online Dictionary Cengage Learning
Stamford, CT, USA
Contains over 40,000 entries and is based on the best selling Newbury House Dictionary of American English. It provides simple and clear definitions, and sample sentences. Upper Beginner+
10. The Oxford Canadian Dictionary Oxford University Press
Oxford, UK
Searches the Canadian Oxford Dictionary (1998). Advanced
11. Wordsmyth
The Educational Dictionary-Thesaurus
Wordsmyth
Ithaca, NY, USA
Provides parts of speech, syllables, pronunciation, definitions and synonyms. Upper Beginner+
Encylopedias
12. Encyclopædia Britannica Online Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.
Chicago, IL, USA
Searches for information by word, phrase, question or subject. Advanced
13. Encyclopedia.com
Electronic Library
HighBeam Research, Inc.
Chicago, IL, USA
This site includes 14,000 articles from the Concise Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 3rd Ed. to provide information on almost any topic. Advanced
14. Wikipedia Wikimedia Foundation
San Francisco, CA, USA
The open-source reference project. Advanced
Thesauri
15. Cambridge International Dictionaries Online
SMART Thesaurus
Cambridge University Press
Cambridge, UK
According to Cambridge, "Topic information tells you about words related to what you looked up. Based on our unique SMART Thesaurus, these topic clouds appear on the right-hand side, and the words in the cloud are bigger or smaller depending on how frequently they are used." Upper Beginners+
16. Merriam-Webster Online
Dictionary and Thesaurus
Merriam-Webster, Inc.
Springfield, MA, USA
An online dictionary and thesaurus. Provides audio pronunciation, function (part of speech), etymology and date. Advanced
17. Roget's Thesaurus at
Bartleby.com
Bartleby.com, Inc.
New York, NY, USA
Roget's Thesaurus is a reference book in which words with similar meanings are grouped together. This is the 1922 version, "Mawson’s modernization of Roget’s classic structure with over 85,000 hyperlinked cross-references and 2,900 quotations." Upper Advanced+
18. Roget's Thesaurus at
Thesaurus.com
Dictionary.com
Oakland, CA, USA
Roget's Thesaurus is a reference book in which words with similar meanings are grouped together. Upper Advanced+
19. Wordsmyth
The Educational Dictionary-Thesaurus
Wordsmyth
Ithaca, NY, USA
Provides parts of speech, syllables, pronunciation, definitions and synonyms. Upper Beginner+