The Chambers Dictionary

The unrivalled dictionary for word lovers

Immerse yourself in the most interesting, authoritative and helpful English dictionary available – the unrivalled guide for word lovers. Whether you’re an avid wordgamer or just enjoy revelling in the quirks and curiosities of the English language, The Chambers Dictionary is your ultimate companion.

All the words you’ll ever need

First published in 1872, The Chambers Dictionary contains more words, phrases and meanings than any other single-volume English dictionary – over 620,000 in all. Yet it remains lighter and easier to hold than the rest.


Unrivalled help for wordgames

Chambers is the dictionary of choice for crossword solvers, Scrabble® fans and wordgame enthusiasts. The new Wordgame Companion section offers crossword code-breakers, indispensable two-letter word solutions, top-scoring Q and Z words, and much more.

Enrich your English

Rather than clog up space with lengthy definitions of everyday words, The Chambers Dictionary keeps them short, creating space for more intriguing, obscure and historically charged entries – from alizari through to zuz. Peppered with witty definitions, Chambers is a pleasure to read.

Beautiful yet durable

Chambers is the only major dictionary that provides luxurious finishing touches. There is a ribbon to keep your place, strong cloth binding that is built to last, classic gold blocking and a stylish foiled cover.

The Chambers Dictionary 12th Edition has been created using data from Chambers Wordtrack, a year-round programme that monitors the latest words and meanings to arrive in the English language. The dictionary is also backed by the authority of the Chambers Harrap International Corpus®, a database unique to Chambers. It contains over 500 million words of current written and spoken English.

(NEW) Words to dazzle, delight and succeed with

Be amazed, delighted and occasionally baffled by what English has to offer in an exclusive new red centre section – The Word Lover’s Miscellany. Discover words to impress, words to cherish, words that have changed meaning, the latest slang, and more. Download a sample (PDF).

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