There are so many dictionaries e.g. unbridged, concise, bridge, etymological, etc..

So, can anyone please tell me. There are how many types of dictionaries and their usages. Even some site link describing the differences will be ok!

Thanks in advance

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  • What will you use this list for? Are you just curious? Or do you have a particular application in mind where knowing the number of kinds of dictionaries will fulfill some purpose? Wikipedia does a good job of listing a variety of kinds. Did you want more? – Mitch Aug 15 '18 at 18:19

Abridged dictionaries focus on the common words used in a language, whilst unabridged dictionaries are more complete. They contain obscure words, words that people might never use in their lives.

A concise dictionary does not elaborate much on the definition of words, and the number of definitions. A normal one covers all aspects of a word's definition, whilst a concise one gets to the point.

An etymological dictionary tells you about the etymology of a word. The etymology of a word is the history of a word. That includes its both locational and linguistic origin, phonetic and spelling changes, the idiomatic and international influence the word has been subjected to, etc.

Hope I helped.

  • yes... but there are only these types or also other types? – Gustobg Aug 15 '18 at 13:35
  • Well, these are the types when it comes to the actual formatting of the dictionary. When you look at the actual content and not the type of content in the dictionary, there are more types. You've got multilingual dictionaries, A.K.A dictionaries with multiple languages. Then you've got specialized dictionaries for different types of learners, i.e. ESL learners, mentally disabled learners, etc. – A. Kvåle Aug 15 '18 at 13:38

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