Oxford Essential Dictionary 3rd Edition

Monolingual dictionary ∙ 19,000 terms

A new edition of the corpus-based dictionary that builds essential vocabulary

Oxford Essential Dictionary gives all the essential help and information elementary and pre-intermediate learners need.

Updated with 350 NEW words, it includes over 19,000 words, phrases, and meanings. NEW Oxford 3000 keywords graded by level show students the most important words to learn. Notes give extra help with grammar, pronunciation, and spelling.


Various authors


CEFR A1 – A2


Teenagers and adults



  • 350 new words and phrases to reflect today's English, for example 3D printer, climate crisis, coronavirus, and fake news.
  • Over 19,000 words, phrases and meanings include the equivalent word in American English (cash machine/ATM, aubergine/eggplant, pavement/sidewalk).
  • The Oxford 3000™ keywords, the most important words to learn, are marked with a key symbol. They are listed in the back of the dictionary to use as a revision checklist or as a basis for a vocabulary syllabus.
  • The 500 blue note boxes help students with culture, grammar, pronunciation, speaking, spelling, and word building. Which Word? notes help with easily confused words and common errors (e.g. accept/except, among/between).
  • 20-page colour Picture Dictionary, organized in useful lexical sets such as food and drink, animals, transport.
  • Study section gives extra help on topics such as letter writing and talking about dates and numbers, with practice for international exams such as Cambridge English Key, Starters, Movers, and Flyers.
  • New 'Guide to the Dictionary' section includes exercises to check understanding.
  • Digital vocabulary resources with real-voice audio demonstrate pronunciation and real-life use.

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