The home of living English
The largest single volume dictionary in print celebrates the extraordinary breadth and changing nature of world English, containing 80,000 new look-up words, and 100,000 new meanings.
The dictionary is drawn from the Collins Corpus, the largest in the world with more than 4.5 billion words, and combined with a selection of emerging words submitted by the public via the award-winning collinsdictionary.com, the Collins English Dictionary is a democratic snapshot of real English as it is spoken today around the world.
Word lovers, word gamers, word geeks. At work, at home and at school.
All will be drawn in by evolving definitions, new, rare and quirky words. Explore the ever-changing landscape of the English language with award-winning author Mark Forsyth's insights in which he casts an analytical eye over the latest fields and shifts in meaning that the dictionary reflects. In an innovation that will delight word gamers and crossword solvers, the Collins English Dictionary also now uniquely includes words previously only found in the official Scrabble(tm) word list.
New words, new meanings, new uses
Always at the cutting edge of language change Collins offers you the very best of the new and emerging words, those that haven't quite made it yet, the ones we all love - and those we love to hate. Word enthusiast Lucy Mangan shares her passion and pique as she delves into these murky waters, taking you on a journey into the peculiarities of the new words creation process.
Available in a format to suit you
The Times said that “the Collins English Dictionary is a book to be treasured, no home should be without one. The 12th edition of the Collins English Dictionary is beautifully designed and printed, and despite the increase in words it is now lighter and easier to hold. Designed for day-to-day use, with a clear layout and virtual thumb tabs it is available flexible formats to suit every user - in print, as a Kindle ebook and an Apple app.