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Language dictionaries

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English Language

Print dictionaries are at PE 1625-1628 on level 4 of Central Library, and in Reference Collections in other libraries.

Oxford English Dictionary
Online version of the 20-volume OED. Provides the meaning of words from the English-speaking world, with etymological analysis, variant spellings, and pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet.

Language Dictionaries in Oxford Reference Online
Includes a concise English Dictionary, New Zealand Oxford Dictionary, Australian Canadian and American dictionaries.

Cambridge Dictionaries Online
Choose to search a word from one of five English Language Teaching dictionaries from Cambridge University Press.

Te Reo Māori

He Pataka Kupu
"The first monolingual Maori language dictionary for adults. It describes the Maori language in its own culturally authentic terms. Contains 24,000 entries."

Ngata Dictionary
A concise Maori-English English-Maori dictionary, which is explicitly, but not exclusively, based on Ngati Porou and East Coast dialect and idiom.

A Dictionary of the Maori Language / Herbert W. Williams. 1957 ed.
Provided by New Zealand Electronic Text Centre.

Te Aka: Maori-English, English Maori Dictionary and Index
A companion volume to the Te Whanake Maori language series.

New Zealand Sign Language

NZSL Online
A dictionary for New Zealand Sign Language, or Te Reo Turi, with images and videos of each word along with videos of the words in context of a sentence.

Foreign Languages

For languages taught at UC, see the appropriate subject guide. For other languages, ask a librarian.

English- Chinese Dictionaries
This site contains a good wide range of dictionaries from sciences, technology, accouting, trade and law.

English-Japanese/Japanese-English Dictionaries
Free online English to Japanese, Japanese to English Dictionaries.

English-Korean/Korea-English Dictionaries
Free online English to Korean, Korean to English Dictionaries.

Foreign Language Dictionaries in Oxford Reference Online
Includes English to and from French, Spanish, German, Italian, Latin, Irish, and Welsh.