General Dictionaries

There are tons of dictionaries on the net, most of them are to advertise print versions -- the latest and most up-to-date versions, of course. They are also full of flashing ads and crammed with all sorts of extras. For this site, we chose one those that would be most useful on line meet your needs. If you yearn for Oxford English Unabridged, you'll have to pay for the pleasure.

Legal Dictionaries

The Real Life Dictionary of the Law
A modern legal dictionary with more comprehensive explanations than Black's Dictionary, the mother of all legal dictionaries.

Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law
Good basic explanations.

Bankruptcy Dictionary

Divorce Law Dictionary

Labor & Legal Terminology
University of Hawaii's Center for Labor Education and Research

Immigration Glossary & Acronyms
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Insurance Glossary
American Council of Life Insurance, Health Insurance Association of America, and Standard & Poor's



Bartleby Books of Reference, Verse, Fiction & Nonfiction
A phenomenal resource featuring the Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed., American Heritage Dictionary, 4th ed., Roget's II The New Thesaurus, American Heritage Book of English Usage, Columbia World of Quotations, Simpson's Contemporary Quotations, Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, King James Bible, Oxford Shakespeare, Gray's Anatomy, Strunk's Elements of Style, World Factbook and Columbia Gazetteer and more!

American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th ed. 2000
Good basic dictionary that includes definitions, illustrations, phonic pronunciations, sound pronunciations, origins, example phrases, reverse lookup. Usage Notes following many entries guides you on grammar, diction, pronunciation, and nuances of usage.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary & Thesaurus Online
Webster's 10th edition is a good basic dictionary that includes definitions, illustrations, phonic pronunciations, sound pronunciations, and origins. It links to for more information.

Roget’s II: The New Thesaurus 3rd ed. 1995; Roget’s International Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases. 1922
The original thesaurus with succinct word definitions with 85,000 hyperlinked cross-references and quotations that illustrate entries.

One Look Dictionary Search
No kidding, with one click you can search 6,097,226 words in 970 dictionaries on general topics and on art, business – including legal – medical, sports, slang, science, religion, technology and foreign language dictionaries

Foreign Language Dictionaries
This global dictionary can search in 275 dictionaries and translate from English and 68 source languages into 73 target languages.

Translate Now!
Single-point access to 28 of the best translation systems for over 38 different languages. Automatic translation is far from perfect, but helpful when you need to send a simple message.

Medical Dictionary
From, this resource defines medical terms and describes diseases and procedures in a relatively sophisticated and understandable way, all at the same time. The "sponsored information" that pops up before the actual definition and articles aren't too distracting.