An explanatory dictionary or defining dictionary is a dictionary that provides definitions of word meanings at its entries.[1] It may give additional information on pronunciation, grammar, etymology, and so on. In practice, it is equivalent to a monolingual general dictionary.[1][2] Such dictionaries are usually meant for native speakers of the language.


  1. ^ a b Hartmann, Reinhard Rudolf Karl; James, Gregory (2002). Dictionary of Lexicography. London: Routledge. p. 36. The monolingual general dictionary ... is therefore also often called [a] defining dictionary or explanatory dictionary
  2. ^ "Types of Dictionaries". An Introduction to Lexicography.