The Chambers Dictionary, 12th Edition (Thumb Indexed)The dictionary of choice for word loversImmerse yourself in the most interesting, authoritative, and helpful English dictionary available -- the unrivalled guide for word lovers. Whether you're an avid wordgamer or just enjoy revelling in the quirks and curiosities of the English language, The Chambers Dictionary is your ultimate companion. The Chambers Dictionary delves deep into all the glories of the English language, covering weird and wonderful words like spoffish, jobernowl, mullligrubs and humdudgeon, all the while ensuring it covers the latest developments in English. Meticulously researched and expertly written, the highly acclaimed Chambers range has been at the forefront of presenting knowledge and learning in an engaging and accessible way since it was first established in the 19th century.Over 620,000 words, phrases, and meaningsFirst published in 1872, The Chambers Dictionary contains more words, phrases, and meanings than any other single-volume English dictionary. Rather than clog up space with lengthy definitions of everyday words, The Chambers Dictionary keeps them short, creating space for more intriguing, obscure, and historically-charged entries -- from alizari through to zuz. Peppered with witty definitions, Chambers is a pleasure to read.Highlights gems of EnglishEnglish is full of words that sound great, or that you never thought would exist. Only The Chambers Dictionary helps you discover them.Unrivalled help for wordgamesChambers is the dictionary of choice for crossword solvers, Scrabble(R) fans, and wordgame enthusiasts. The new Wordgame Companion section offers crossword code-breakers, indispensable two-letter word solutions, top-scoring Q and Z words, and much more.What is new in this edition?New wordsNow in its 12th edition, the dictionary has been updated to include words and expressions that have entered the language in the four years since the last edition was published. Word Lover's MiscellanyThe 12th edition includes a Word Lover's Miscellany with list upon list of words to appeal to the English language addict:- words to impress and surprise- words to cherish- words that are extinct- words that merit rescue- words to use in Scrabble(R) and other word games- words to watch- collective nouns- useful similes. . . and many moreBeautiful finishing touches:Ribbon The Chambers Dictionary is the only popular dictionary to still provide one. Why? Simply because people love them.Beautifully flat on a deskThe Chambers Dictionary lies perfectly flat on a desk so you can read the whole page with ease - even into the spine.Strong cloth binding, gold blocking, beautiful endpapersThe Chambers Dictionary is made to an incredibly high quality, guaranteed to withstand years of love.Foiled coverFoiling on the cover gives The Chambers Dictionary a luxurious aesthetic.Less cumbersome than other dictionariesSlimmer and easier to hold, despite the fact that it contains more words than any other single volume dictionary. And all without reducing text size. It's a neat trick.Thumb indexOnly provided by Chambers. A standard version without a thumb index is also available (ISBN: 9780550102379).