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Macquarie Dictionary Online is the most comprehensive version of the Dictionary and Thesaurus available. With twice annual updates, our online service offers fast and easy access to over 160,000 Australian words and definitions, encyclopedic entries, and audio pronunciations for over 120,000 entries, etymologies, usage notes and more. The Macquarie Thesaurus has over 200,000 synonyms. 

We offer 12-month subscriptions to both the Dictionary and Thesaurus, and the Dictionary only. Universities can access the regular Dictionary and Thesaurus, designed for students and adults 15 years and above. Schools can choose between the regular Dictionary and Thesaurus or the Student Dictionary and Thesaurus.

The Student access option is a package that offers a wealth of useful features. It 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, comprehensive search

  • Extensive usage notes, 

  • Etymologies of words and phrases, 

  • Encyclopedic entries

  • Words and phrases from regional Australia

  • Grammar and punctuation guides


A subscription to the Macquarie Dictionary Online for schools and universities include the following:


  • Access options ranging from IP access to a Shared Login

  • Tips and promotional material to assist in raising awareness of the subscription found on our resources page

  • Independent management of the subscription available through My Account, where contact details, billing information and purchase order details are 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 school or university. We are also able to set up school/university-wide trials. 

Subscribe now, or contact us for further information.