The Chambers Dictionary, 11th edition Hardcover – 22 Aug 2008
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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'.
Chambers is the one I keep at my right hand (Philip Pullman: how I chose my top 40, 'The Times')
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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!
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.
Information is 'to the point' and gets you on your way swiftly.
And - you can lift it with one hand!
You'll use this Dictionary more and more and more!
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This edition of the Chambers Dictionary contains an very extensive vocabulary, with even old or rare words ; the definitions and the presentation are very clear.Published 20 months ago by michel Libes
The definitive everyday dictionary for serious writers. It is well known that, good though the Oxford dictionaries are, Chambers is the one most commonly preferred and referred... Read morePublished on 1 Feb. 2014 by MACAVITY
This Chambers Dictionary is an excellent read even if one does not use it just as a dictionary because it is so comprehensive.Published on 14 Jan. 2014 by Mr. B. E. Wheatley
To replace her ancient 1950's edition which was literally falling to bits. Still a good dictionary for crosswording which she likes.Published on 27 Dec. 2013 by anonymous
I bought this for my Daughter who is an avid crossworder. It's a large and heavy tome and is in use every day.Published on 3 July 2013 by Patfly
This is well laid out with clear entries and is the dictionary you need for the Daily Telegraph crossword. Well worth the money.Published on 4 May 2013 by norfolkwhite