- 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 5.9 x 27.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Chambers Dictionary (13th Edition) Hardcover – 22 Jul 2014
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***Fully revised and updated February 2016 to include additional 'enriching' words***
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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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My favourite word of the moment is taghairm (look it up) The dictionary contains many such treasures,which is why I am now into my fourth edition.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is a really great dictionary which my husband is really pleased with. I got it for him to do his crosswords with. Read morePublished 1 month ago by goldenfd
I could sit and read a dictionary all day, so it is lovely to have this very up to date one. Thank you AmazonPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good to have got the glitches out and the oddities of the previous two editions. Once again, the best and my favourite dictionary.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer