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ThriftBooks offers a wide selection of dictionaries, thesaurus, and other reference books. Shop our selection of dictionaries today!

For those who love language, there are few better books than a quality dictionary. ThriftBooks' extensive collection features classic and new dictionaries alike so you can buy dictionaries online whenever you desire at prices you'll love. If you're looking to buy a Merriam-Webster Dictionary, buy a thesaurus online, or want to expand your language skills with a Spanish to English dictionary, ThriftBooks can satisfy your needs with classic texts and foreign language dictionaries alike.

Classic Dictionaries

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary is the gold standard for English dictionaries with over 65,000 definitions and offering word origins, pronunciations, and synonyms. For more advanced analyses, Webster's New World College Dictionary is a superb source as it includes more detailed biographical paragraphs and maps to enhance the experience.

For those looking for words both similar and different, The Merriam-Webster Thesaurus is comprised of over 150,000 synonyms and antonyms to help you find just the right one.

Children's Dictionaries

Language learning is one of the most important processes in childhood. Dictionaries designed for specific levels of learning make language acquisition easier than ever. The Cat in the Hat Beginner Book Dictionary is the perfect introduction to over 1300 basic words for young children.

Students in late elementary will appreciate the Merriam-Webster's Elementary Dictionary which includes over 36,000 entries and helpful pictures and diagrams to support understanding. Quotes from over 1,300 works of children's literature are also included to exemplify correct usage. This age group may also benefit from the American Heritage Children's Dictionary and its focus on suffixes, prefixes, synonyms, and word histories. It also offers a guide to spelling and phonics and has illustrations and photographs to help comprehension.

For middle schoolers, The American Heritage Student Dictionary is an excellent and up-to-date resource that allows preteens and teens to broaden their vocabularies.

Foreign Language Dictionaries

For children, Dr. Seuss offers foreign language learning editions of The Cat in the Hat Beginner Book, including Spanish and French, that make it easy for young minds to pick up basic foreign language skills.

Japanese language learners will love the Random House Japanese-English English-Japanese Dictionary by Seigo Nakao. Included in its over 50,000 entries are Japanese cultural phrases and common idioms and expressions. Merriam-Webster's Spanish-English Dictionary offers a wealth of information for English and Spanish learners with over 80,000 entries and more than 100,000 translations.

Dictionaries for Writers

Writers will be thrilled with Webster's New World Rhyming Dictionary by Clement Wood. First published in the 1930s, this classic has been updated to reflect the modern age. The Synonym Finder by J.I. Rodale is an invaluable resource for any writer looking to up their language game or broaden their lexicon.

For young writers, the Scholastic Dictionary of Idioms by Marvin Terban is a fun and clever introduction to the fun world of American idioms and expressions. It has over 700 examples with sample sentences designed with kids in mind.

Sign Language Dictionaries

ThriftBooks offers a wide range of dictionaries for those wanting to learn sign language. Sign Language for Kids: A Fun and Easy Guide to American Sign Language by Lora Heller is an incredible introduction to the world of signing.

Random House Webster's Concise American Sign Language Dictionary by Elaine Costello boasts over 1,000 signs with both descriptions of the signs and full-torso illustrations. Perfect for kids in elementary and middle school, this book teaches kids how to use the alphabet and interact using basic phrases and sentences, as well as how to use facial expressions to alter the meanings of words.

Mickey Flodin and Rod R. Butterworth's Signing Made Easy: A Complete Program for Learning Sign Language is a comprehensive resource offering sentence drills and exercises designed to increase comprehension for older learners.

ThriftBooks has all of the dictionaries a budding wordsmith or reputable writer might desire at low prices sure to make both brains and wallets are happy. Explore the extraordinary assortment of dictionaries ThriftBooks has to offer and find the one for you today.

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