The " Harrap's Chambers English Dictionary " is the most complete and comprehensive single-volume dictionary of the English language available. Thoroughly revised and updated, this new edition gives unsurpassed coverage of the language. Over 215 000 references and 300 000 definitions. Revised and updated to include thousands of new words and meanings. The official reference dictionary for Scrabble, and the only dependable dictionary for crossword solvers and compilers. New layout makes entries easier to use and words easier to find. Clear, succinct definitions, straightforward pronunciation guidance and scholarly explanations of word origins. New introduction, including a short history of the English language.