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The Chambers Dictionary, 11th edition Hardcover – 22 Aug 2008

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  • Hardcover: 1904 pages
  • Publisher: Chambers; 11th edition edition (22 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0550102892
  • ISBN-13: 978-0550102898
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 19 x 6.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chambers is my dictionary of choice and always has been, because its practice is to detail a word's etymology with clarity, brevity and exactness, so that to look up a word in Chambers is to be able to unpack its meaning and also to marvel at its compactness... Chambers is an open door to words at their wittiest, most rooted, most reavealing and most powerful. (Ali Smith)

It's good to see that the latest, 11th, edition of Chambers Dictionary has lost none of its wit. (Mark Sanderson, Literary Life, Telegraph.co.uk)

It's official! The credit crunch has finally found its way into the hallowed columns of this iconic work of reference...

Hats off, incidentally, to the editor who archly defines 'comfort food' as 'mood-enhancing food that meets the approval of one's taste buds but not of one's doctor'.

(Daily Echo)

Chambers is the one I keep at my right hand (Philip Pullman: how I chose my top 40, 'The Times')

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More words and definitions than any other single-volume English dictionary

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Curran on 13 Feb. 2009
The Chambers Dictionary
The Chambers Dictionary is the absolute authority for all crossword enthusiasts, both setters and solvers, and players of word games. It is important to have the latest edition, since Chambers are constantly updating the content. This eleventh edition contains over 1000 words that were not in the 2006 version, yet still retains rare literary and historical words.

The eleventh edition is graced by a foreword by Jeremy Paxman who comments, with his usual erudition, on the contents of the new version.

There is also a valuable short history of English and a useful section on the varieties of English. Here, differences are highlighted, like the pronunciation of the letter r in the final position of a word and before a consonant, in Canadian and American English.

This user-friendly text has sections on first names, phrases from foreign languages and a wealth of other useful information like the temperature conversion table and a list of planetary satellites.

Undoubtedly this is the leading dictionary today!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Phil Robertshaw VINE VOICE on 27 May 2009
Chambers is sometimes derided for what makes it unique: it contains a vast amount of obsolete words and spellings of existing words. It even contains things that it admits it isn't quite sure are words, or which might have been misprints in Shakespeare plays. But these are the things that make it stand out in the dictionary market. The lexicographers and editors should be applauded for preserving our linguistic heritage.

Chambers is THE essential dictionary for anyone who wants to attempt the advanced cryptic crosswords in the weekend newspapers - you can't manage without it, as this is the reference source used by all the top setters. This 2008 edition comes with a free 6 month subscription to Chambers Reference Online, which gives access to the full dictionary on the move, plus a Chambers Thesaurus and other materials.

To sum up, it's a weighty tome and if you're looking for a basic dictionary, you're probably looking more at something like the Concise Oxford. But if you're a linguist or crossword solver, Chambers is essential.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By P. TURNER on 1 Mar. 2009
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The very best dictionary, especially for cryptic crosswords: includes every word you'd ever meet, plus many more. The eleventh edition has adopted a sans-serif font, which successfully crams more words into each line and enables greatly increased content for only a small increase in physical size. It is more difficult to read, but not so much as to worry anyone who used it moderately.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mitchell J. C. Wilson on 23 May 2009
Splendiferous. I have bought this dictionary so as to increase my vocabulary - it is said that the quality of your thoughts is directly related to the language that you use. As such, I feel it only right to have more language at my command! I go through the book until I come to a word I haven't seen before, and I highlight it, then aim to use it in conversation later that day. The first word I came across was 'Aardwolf'. Basically like an aardvark, but slightly cooler. It made for a great conversation piece that day.

Not exactly an engaging plot, but still an excellent book - with very few spelling mistakes.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Brian Haydock on 29 Jan. 2009
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My crossword puzzle hobby requires that I have the latest Chambers dictionary.This is it, and there's not really anything more to say; Chambers is the best - and stands up best to years of daily use.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mark Culme-Seymour on 9 Mar. 2009
This is as good as it gets outside paying for the on-line Oxford English Dictionary. Clear and amusing. Only draw back is the weight! Could have used thinner paper but good if you want to strengthen your arm muscles!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David J. Scillitoe on 28 Aug. 2009
This dictionary is the best that I've found. I've been buying Chambers dictionaries for the last 20 years and they get better with each edition. This edition is a weighty tome, but well worth the investment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Redshaw on 26 April 2009
We have been using the same old dictionary for years, as writers, readers and puzzlers this Chambers Dictionary has opened a whole new world of words. The only dictionary you will ever need.
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