The Chambers Dictionary, 11th edition

The Chambers Dictionary, 11th edition

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Encompassing more than 270,000 definitions for 180,000 words and phrases, this up-to-date reference of the English language covers both old and new words, the commonplace and the unusual, including recent developments in science, technology, and contemporary culture, with information on idioms, pronunciation, etymologies, and thousands of references.
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  • Hardback | 1904 pages
  • 190.5 x 271.78 x 63.5mm | 2,267.95g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 11th edition
  • 0550102892
  • 9780550102898
  • 172,989

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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 20080715 It's good to see that the latest, 11th, edition of Chambers Dictionary has lost none of its wit. -- Mark Sanderson, Literary Life, 20080831 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 20081010 Chambers is the one I keep at my right hand -- Philip Pullman: how I chose my top 40, 'The Times' 20080830
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