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date: 23 January 2020

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The main characteristics of dictionaries for general users are identified and described. The history and development of this genre of dictionary is summarized and analysed. Current issues confronting this kind of dictionary are identified, in particular its relationship with rapidly developing online resources. Central questions addressed include how and why this particular type of dictionary has come to play such an important role in the public consciousness and has figured so largely in the output of commercial publishers, while often being regarded dismissively by linguists and generally being accorded little academic prestige.

Keywords: dictionaries for general users, general dictionaries, history of lexicography, history of general dictionaries public awareness of dictionaries, monolingual dictionaries, features of general dictionaries

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