Interested in Language
I'm a 37 year old native speaker of English. I do a lot of writing, especially technical writing with regards to medicine and law. I also enjoy reading science fiction and classic novels. I frequently need to look up French and Latin that have been borrowed into English. I need a good dictionary. I need the meanings. I'm not so much interested in usage or etymology.
Recent words that I have had to look up include: punctilious, Elysian, martinet, peevish, vestiaire.
The Chamber's Dictionary is the best I can find on the shelf of any local bookstore. It could be a bit inferior to what I need, though. The Collins English Dictionary has fewer words and the pages are very thin. The Concise Oxford English Dictionary is pretty good but I still think the Chamber's is the best I've seen so far. But I will have to order it in and I can't examine the dictionary until after I've bought it.
Should I be looking at a multi-volume dictionary? What's the next step up from the Chamber's dictionary?
Welcome to the forum, Richard.
Before you spend any money on paper dictionaries which are going to go out of date in a few years, why not avail yourself of OneLook.com, a site which searches dozens of free online dictionaries — many of which give etymologies, foreign translation and pronunciations, and most of which are regularly updated.
Furthermore, if all these resources fail to satisfy, just ask us! We love a challenge and there's not much we can't help you with between us.
Last edited by Rover_KE; 31-Mar-2015 at 18:38.