Macquarie Dictionary Sixth Edition

Oct 01, 2013

The new Sixth Edition is here!

The cultural items present on every page of the big green book are not merely facts occupying their proper spaces in the text, but supporters of each other, fine-tuning a picture of the nation as a mental habitat consistent with itself and with Australian experience over the two centuries since European settlement.
– Les Murray

Since the Macquarie Dictionary was first published in 1981, its reputation as Australia’s national dictionary has gone from strength to strength. It is now nationally and internationally regarded as the standard reference on Australian English. A comprehensive and up-to-date account of our variety of English, it not only includes all those words and senses peculiar to Australian English, but also those common to the whole English-speaking world.



The Sixth Edition features:

  • a comprehensive record of English as it is used in Australia, with evidence from corpus data, including Macquarie’s own corpus of Australian English, Ozcorp
  • new words and senses, such as fiscal cliff, social reading, apera, green tape, fugitive emissions, hobo glove, konjac, mummy blog, fibro majestic, blade runner, computer forensics
  • words relating to business, science and technology, such as guanxi, rogue robot, silo mentality, growth hacking, crowdfunding, citizen science
  • illustrative phrases, many from Australian literature, which clearly show how a word is used in context
  • words and phrases from regional Australia, such as blacksnow, hydropole, maisonette, marron, musset hut, nointer, schnitter
  • words, both formal and informal, that date back to the Australian military experience of WWI, such as Anzac soup, cacolet, iodine king
  • extensive usage notes
  • etymologies of words and phrases
  • foreword by Australian poet Les Murray


Macquarie Dictionary Sixth Edition
Published October, 2013
RRP: $99.95 | ISBN: 9781876429898

Macquarie Concise Dictionary Sixth Edition (Hardback)
Published November, 2013
RRP $49.99 | ISBN: 9781876429225 

Macquarie Concise Dictionary Sixth Edition (Paperback)
Published November, 2013
RRP $39.99 | 9781876429386


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