Macquarie Dictionary


Public Libraries

The Macquarie Dictionary & Thesaurus Online is the most up to date and complete record of the changing linguistic landscape of Australia. It is regarded as the authority on Australian English, from the idiomatic to the formal, from the colourful to the technical. It is the lexicographical reference for Australians, by Australians.

We offer 12-month subscriptions to the Dictionary and Thesaurus, Dictionary only and Student Dictionary and Thesaurus.

The Macquarie Dictionary and Dictionary and Thesaurus subscriptions are designed for students and adults 15 years and above. The Student Dictionary and Thesaurus subscription is recommended for students aged 10 to 15 years. For more information on the Student Dictionary and Thesaurus, please click here.

Features of the Macquarie Dictionary Online include:

  • easy, interactive searching of over 170,000 entries and more than 200,000 synonyms

  • twice-yearly updates of new words, phrases and meanings

  • more than 23,000 encyclopedic entries

  • more than 45,000 etymologies (word histories)

  • more than 500 images embedded within their respective entries

  • more than 25,000 audio pronunciations for headwords

  • words and phrases from regional Australia, many gathered from the Australian Word Map

  • illustrative material from Ozcorp, Macquarie’s database of Australian writing

  • Grammar and punctuation guides

Macquarie Dictionary Online public library subscription features include:

  • IP access

  • Single sign-on access

  • Administrative management of the subscription through My Account, where renewal, invoicing, contact details and access can be managed online with ease

  • Support available Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm (AEST), excluding Australian public holidays

Subscription rates apply according to the size of the library. We are also able to set up library-wide trials.

Subscribe now, or contact us for further information.