- Hardcover: 1920 pages
- Publisher: Chambers; 13th Revised edition edition (22 July 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1473602254
- ISBN-13: 978-1473602250
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 6.4 x 27.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Chambers Dictionary (13th Edition) Hardcover – 22 Jul 2014
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A monument to lexicographic excellence... radical, innovative and different--Independent
The traditional favourite dictionary of every serious cryptic solver and setter based in the UK
The most human of dictionaries
For many years now, Chambers have had a stronghold on the word game market. This dictionary is a pure delight to browse--www.word-buff.com
Chambers stands out like a baroque mansion in a city of faceless concrete
Chambers is an open door to words at their wittiest, most rooted, most revealing, and most powerful
Chambers is a marvel of wit, clarity and practicality--Observer
A page a day keeps the doddypolls at bay
The Chambers Dictionary is the most useful and diverting single-volume word-hoard available--Telegraph
***Fully revised and updated February 2016 to include additional 'enriching' words***
The Chambers Dictionary has more definitions and sells more copies than any other single-volume hardback English dictionary.See all Product description
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Due to a printing error, there are around 500 words missing from this edition that were in the 12th edition - they are the "enriching" words which were highlighted in that edition. They are still in the electronic versions of Chambers 13th edition available for computers and smartphones, but they aren't in this printed edition. Several people (myself included) have contacted Chambers to ask if this will be fixed - either by the publication of an errata slip or a reprinting, but no-one has yet had a reply.
Given the above, if you are still using the 12th edition, don't upgrade to this version yet - not until Chambers have had a chance to sort out the problem.
Although I started off with a Chambers dictionary in my teenage years, latterly I have had OEDs, most recently the ninth edition of the Concise version although my husband has the two volume OED which is obviously more comprehensive if less convenient for the casual user. Compared with the Oxford Concise the font in this Chambers dictionary is slightly smaller, the paper thinner & smoother, less coarse and the definitions count is significantly higher. The Chambers is taller but slightly slimmer too despite its wider range.The Chambers also has a page marker although to be honest I have book marks everywhere so the absence of a bit of cloth isn't earth shattering.Read more ›
Unlike its competitors, the Chambers Dictionary doesn’t divide up subsenses of headwords with bold numerals. It instead simply separates them with semicolons. While this can sometimes make looking for a specific definition quite time-consuming, it much better captures the nature of language: here meanings are shown to be connected, to slide sometimes almost imperceptibly into one another. And though the much-famed humorous definitions are few and far between (more would be welcome), the language used in definitions is generally warmer – more human – than that found in other dictionaries. It must be said that some definitions are a little vague – more hints towards meaning rather than clear explanations – and so you may find yourself reaching for another dictionary to check them against, but this doesn’t happen very often and is forgivable.
The Chambers Dictionary’s extensive coverage of obscure and archaic words had always been its trump card.Read more ›
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The dictionary is, as ever, well laid out and easy to use. However the print is smaller than my previous edition of this dictionary and I find it a bit hard to read.Published 1 day ago by John H. S. Rennie
For general purposes any large single volume dictionary will usually be perfectly adequate, but Chambers has long been the crossword compiler's favourite. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Automatic Slim
Brilliant not only as a reference book but also to browse through.Published 1 month ago by Bert Nargs
Bought this for OH as it is essential for his Christmas Puzzle. It is the Revised 13th Edition and I have cross-checked to make sure the "missing words" are included. Read morePublished 2 months ago by H Mac