Encompassing more than 620,000 words and phrases, this reference of the English language covers both old and new words, the commonplace and the unusual, with information on idioms, pronunciation, and etymologies.
In the literature on English lexicography there have been few attempts at a systematic study of the history of popular dictionaries that have been around for many years in English-speaking countries. A dictionary like Chambers deserves special attention because of its long tradition that goes back to the nineteenth century. Although it has gone through numerous editions, its history has received little attention from scholars. The book traces the development of the Chambers Dictionary from its origins to the present time by comparing corresponding parts of successive editions of the dictionary. This comparative approach aims to determine major trends in the evolution of the dictionary. It will provide scholars and interested students with insights into the Chambers lexicographers’ work, the goals they aimed to achieve, and the problems they had to face when revising the dictionary.
The Chambers Dictionary, 12th Edition (Thumb Indexed) The dictionary of choice 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. The Chambers Dictionary delves deep into all the glories of the English language, covering weird and wonderful words like spoffish, jobernowl, mullligrubs and humdudgeon, all the while ensuring it covers the latest developments in English. Meticulously researched and expertly written, the highly acclaimed Chambers range has been at the forefront of presenting knowledge and learning in an engaging and accessible way since it was first established in the 19th century. Over 620,000 words, phrases, and meanings First published in 1872, The Chambers Dictionary contains more words, phrases, and meanings than any other single-volume English dictionary. 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. Highlights gems of English English is full of words that sound great, or that you never thought would exist. Only The Chambers Dictionary helps you discover them. Unrivalled help for wordgames Chambers is the dictionary of choice for crossword solvers, Scrabble(R) 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. What is new in this edition? New words Now in its 12th edition, the dictionary has been updated to include words and expressions that have entered the language in the four years since the last edition was published. Word Lover's Miscellany The 12th edition includes a Word Lover's Miscellany with list upon list of words to appeal to the English language addict: - words to impress and surprise - words to cherish - words that are extinct - words that merit rescue - words to use in Scrabble(R) and other word games - words to watch - collective nouns - useful similes . . . and many more Beautiful finishing touches: Ribbon The Chambers Dictionary is the only popular dictionary to still provide one. Why? Simply because people love them. Beautifully flat on a desk The Chambers Dictionary lies perfectly flat on a desk so you can read the whole page with ease - even into the spine. Strong cloth binding, gold blocking, beautiful endpapers The Chambers Dictionary is made to an incredibly high quality, guaranteed to withstand years of love. Foiled cover Foiling on the cover gives The Chambers Dictionary a luxurious aesthetic. Less cumbersome than other dictionaries Slimmer and easier to hold, despite the fact that it contains more words than any other single volume dictionary. And all without reducing text size. It's a neat trick. Thumb index Only provided by Chambers. A standard version without a thumb index is also available (ISBN: 9780550102379).
Encompassing more than 300,000 definitions, this up-to-date reference of the English language covers both old and new words, the commonplace and the unusual, with information on idioms, etymologies, and more than 200,000 references.
Encompassing more than 270,000 definitions, this up-to-date reference of the English language covers both old and new words, the commonplace and the unusual, with information on idioms, pronunciation, and etymologies.
A compact musical reference contains more than 7,500 entries along with definitions; serves as a useful resource for music students, general readers, and those with a more detailed knowledge of music; and includes illustrative examples and excerpts from musical works, biographical profiles, a history and usage of musical instruments, and more. Original.
The bestselling reference for crossword solvers and setters The Chambers Crossword Dictionary is the perfect tool for any crossword solver - and you know it because it is used by the setters themselves! What makes The Chambers Crossword Dictionary different? Comprehensive, reliable and easy-to-use, this major new edition has been thoroughly revised and updated by a team of crossword experts, and is specially tailored to the needs of crossword solvers. With more than 500,000 solutions to cryptic and quick clues, plus explanations of cryptic clue types and the use of anagram and other indicators, and insights into the world of crossword setting and memorable clues, it is truly the ultimate crossword bible. This new edition features: - Over 500,000 solutions for every kind of crossword. - More than 2,500 crossword code words alerting you to cryptic ploys. - Over 19,500 'one-stop' entries, with both synonyms and encyclopaedic material, for extra guidance in finding the right answer. - A wealth of recent synonyms to give you up-to-the-minute answers. - New topic lists to help you solve general-knowledge clues. - Word lists sorted by length and then alphabetically to make finding solutions easy. - Includes words, phrases, abbreviations, symbols, codes and other cryptic 'building blocks'. - Packed with crossword jargon, anagram and other indicators and essential cryptic vocabulary. - Draws on the latest Chambers Dictionary 13th Edition and the authoritative Chambers reference range. It is packed with expert advice and editorial from: - Derek Arthur (1945-2010), co-editor of The Listener crossword in The Times and of The Chambers Crossword Dictionary, 2nd edition - Ross Beresford, former co-editor of The Listener crossword - Peter Biddlecombe, The Sunday Times crossword editor and The Times Crossword Championship winner (2000, 2007) - Jonathan Crowther, better known to cryptic crossword solvers as Azed, having set crosswords for The Observer for over 40 years - Don Manley, crossword setter for many quality newspapers under various pseudonyms (Duck, Quixote, Bradman, Giovanni) and Church Times crossword editor - Tim Moorey, crossword setter for The Sunday Times and The Times, and crossword editor and setter for The Week and MoneyWeek magazines. He is author of How to Crack Cryptic Crosswords Chambers is one of the world's most respected dictionary and thesaurus publishers.