Chambers is the single-volume international English dictionary with the widest coverage of all the riches of the English language. Clear, accurate and occasionally witty definitions, with the latest new words from science, technology and contemporary culture.

This 13th Edition reflects the changes in our language, with special attention paid to new words that have emerged, new uses of old words and the most up-to-date pronunciation. The 13th Edition includes over 260,000 distinct words, compounds, phrases and derived forms.

The intelligent word entry suggests possible correct spellings as you type, as well as listing words that sound the same or are often confused. Search features include:

- Alphabetical listing
- Spelling suggestions
- Sounds-like and often-confused
- Fast pattern-matching search (*, ?, vowel and consonant)
- Filter search results by noun, verb, adjective, adverbs
- Customize search options (case, derived forms, etc)
- Anagrams

There are also standard bookmark, recent word and random word features. No Internet connection is required, and it supports Split View and Slide over for use with other apps on iPad.

The Chambers Dictionary is treasured by word-lovers and crossword enthusiasts for its majestic coverage of English and its tradition of sneaking in a sprinkling of light-hearted definitions. Alone among the single-volume dictionaries, it preserves a rich stock of words from our literary heritage as well as covering all the latest developments in contemporary English.

Chambers Thesaurus is also available as a separate app, and can easily be cross-referenced from the dictionary. Our WordWeb, Chambers, Collins and Oxford dictionaries are also available separately for Windows and Mac desktop.

What’s New

Version 4.1

Fixes for iPadOS 14 compatiblity

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

brownargus ,

Excellent, comprehensive - best dictionary available

I have use paper versions of Chambers dictionaries for 60 years and they improve with every edition. This iPad version is superb; comprehensive and easy to use. Contains many words not in the OED which makes it indispensable when doing crosswords with its anagram and missing letters functions alongside the word definitions. Also useful for Scrabble players. As a registered owner of the hard-back paper version, a separate subscription to this App was waived. Highly recommended.

Anne O'Mie ,


I’ve had this dictionary (and the thesaurus) since the app first appeared, and I use it all the time. I’m posting this review now because I realise I’ve never thanked the developers for this product I take so much for granted - thank you.

Other apps come and go but this is one of the fixtures on my iPhone and iPad. Shame it won’t do for Scrabble, but as a (very occasional!) crossword helper it’s excellent. Long may it continue.

rrgmitchell ,

Missing word- now found!

Great app, use it all the time for crosswords. One small point: the word ‘pewter’ is missing!

At least I couldn’t find it on the 11th March. It’s there when I look now (11th April). Maybe, as the developer has suggested (thanks for the response) I had some sort of filtering on. Relieved as it remains the best dictionary for crosswords.

Developer Response ,

Glad you like it. "pewter" should certainly be there, if you were doing a pattern search check that you didn't have e.g. the verb filter selected by mistake.

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