Advanced learner's dictionary


The advanced learner's dictionary is the most common type of monolingual learner's dictionary, that is, a dictionary written in one language only, for someone who is learning a foreign language. It differs from a bilingual or translation dictionary, a standard dictionary written for native speakers, or a children's dictionary. Its definitions are usually built on a restricted defining vocabulary. "Advanced" usually refers learners with a proficiency level of B2 or above according to the Common European Framework. Basic learner's dictionaries also exist.

The Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary of Current English. Special edition in two volumes (USSR, 1982).

Although these advanced 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).[citation needed]


Online dictionary resources 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.[citation needed]

See alsoEdit

Further readingEdit

  • 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.

External linksEdit

  • Open Dictionary of English
  • Wordnik
  • Wiktionary
  • Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary
  • Collins COBUILD Advanced Dictionary
  • Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
  • Macmillan English Dictionary Online
  • Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's English Dictionary
  • Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary