Advanced learner's dictionary

The advanced learner's dictionary is the most common type of monolingual learner's dictionary, that is, a dictionary written for someone who is learning a foreign language and who has a proficiency level of B2 or above according to the Common European Framework. It differs from a bilingual or translation dictionary, on the one hand, and a standard dictionary written for native speakers or linguistic scholars, on the other. The definitions are usually built on defining vocabulary.

Although advanced learner's dictionaries have been produced for learners of several languages (including Chinese, Dutch, German, and Spanish) the majority are written for learners of English.


The best-known advanced learner's dictionaries are:

Macmillan recently announced that the dictionary would no longer be available in print. So there are four popular learner's dictionaries for British English that are available in print (Merriam-Webster's aims for American English).

Online dictionaries

Online dictionary resources also provide attractive support to advanced learners. The Open Dictionary of English is specifically designed to serve as a learner's dictionary. Visitors can register for free, adaptive tutoring, which seamlessly integrates with the dictionary.

Wordnik and Wiktionary are other useful resources to advanced learners. Due to their collaborative nature, they produce definitions and sample sentences that are more diverse and written in popular terms, which helps understanding for an English language learner.

See also

Further reading

  • Bogaards, Paul (July 2010). "The evolution of learners' dictionaries and Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's English Dictionary" (PDF). Kernerman Dictionary News (18): 6–15. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-09-28. Retrieved 2016-10-15.
  • Heuberger, Reinhard (2016). "Learner's Dictionaries: History and Development; Current Issues". In Durkin, Philip (ed.). The Oxford Handbook of Lexicography. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 25–43. ISBN 9780199691630.
  • Szynalski, Tomasz P. "Comparative review of dictionaries for English learners". Antimoon.
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