Children’s dictionaries

Oxford Dictionaries for Children

When you open up an Oxford children’s dictionary or thesaurus you’ll find so much more than a list of words. Each page celebrates language and the opportunities a broad vocabulary can provide. Through a range of features, supplementary material and our expert guidance, language is brought to life for children between the ages of 4 and 16. Every title is informed by rigorous research and the language analysis of children’s writing and writing for children using the unique Oxford Children's Corpus, ensuring that Oxford’s dictionaries and thesauruses are completely matched to the needs of children and can keep pace with their learning as they grow.


Supporting children’s learning at home, explore the wide range of dictionaries and free activity worksheets on the Oxford Owl website.


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When writing a story or essay, learning a language, or understanding technical terms, our dictionaries and thesauruses are invaluable classroom tools.


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Find out more about our children’s language research and resources that help support vocabulary development and inspire creativity in the classroom.


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