Chambers is the single-volume international English dictionary with the widest coverage of all the riches of the English language. Clear, accurate and occasionally witty definitions, with the latest new words from science, technology and contemporary culture.
This 13th Edition reflects the changes in our language, with special attention paid to new words that have emerged, new uses of old words and the most up-to-date pronunciation. The 13th Edition includes over 260,000 distinct words, compounds, phrases and derived forms.
The intelligent word entry suggests possible correct spellings as you type, as well as listing words that sound the same or are often confused. Search features include:
- Alphabetical listing
- Spelling suggestions
- Sounds-like and often-confused
- Fast pattern-matching search (*, ?, vowel and consonant)
- Filter search results by noun, verb, adjective, adverbs
- Customize search options (case, derived forms, etc)
There are also standard bookmark, recent word and random word features. No Internet connection is required, and it supports Split View and Slide over for use with other apps on iPad.
The Chambers Dictionary is treasured by word-lovers and crossword enthusiasts for its majestic coverage of English and its tradition of sneaking in a sprinkling of light-hearted definitions. Alone among the single-volume dictionaries, it preserves a rich stock of words from our literary heritage as well as covering all the latest developments in contemporary English.
Chambers Thesaurus is also available as a separate app, and can easily be cross-referenced from the dictionary. Our WordWeb, Chambers, Collins and Oxford dictionaries are also available separately for Windows and Mac desktop.
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Ratings and Reviews
Simply The Best
My first job was proof reading for a national newspaper and although we all had a dictionary only the head reader had a big Chambers one which we all referred to as the bible. He used to take it out of his draw each morning, nobody was allowed to use it except him, and if ever we found a mistake or reference that our ordinary dictionaries couldn't explain we'd ask him to look it up in his Chambers .... It was like the 'Holy Grail'.
I always promised myself back then that one day I'd buy myself one, even though they were expensive .. I moved on from that office to do other things in publishing and never did own a Chambers, that is until today, 50 years later!
I now have them both, dictionary and thesaurus, at long last 👍
A lovely app
This and the thesaurus are just wonderful things: if you care about English you need these. I am pleased that they are regularly updated as well, although they are very nearly perfect.
A note on z spellings: another app-store review complains bitterly about these, calling them 'US English'. This is not the case, and indeed the Oxford English Dictionary prefers z spellings, as does the paper Chambers dictionary, of course, as well as Fowler. z or s spellings are a stylistic choice, or a matter of house style in UK English. In cases such as 'color' / 'colour' where the US / UK distinction is clearer, the app prefers the UK spelling (in the UK at least). Searching for, for instance, 'recognise' works.
International English is not US English!
Extremely disappointed with this - it’s the awful and hideous US English. Words that end in ‘ise’ such as recognise, organise, etc., are listed ONLY in the US equivalent. The Thesaurus, which I also purchased, suggests American spellings as well. For example, the Thesaurus entry for ‘distinguish’ suggests words such as ‘particularize’ and ‘characterize’. There is no option to switch off ‘US English’ for the excellent British English. I don’t know why they say International English in the description, which is misleading... International English is British English and not the disgusting ‘US English’. Anyway, I asked iTunes for a refund which they’ve given me.
This app is the Chambers Dictionary, not the thesaurus. It uses British English, and words like "recognise" etc. are of course listed - I'm not sure where you are getting this from. (the Thesaurus will only show US English if installed on a US phone)
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.