INTRODUCTION

This free online dictionary brings the wealth of information contained in The Australian National Dictionary within easy reach. Use the search bar or the index at the top of the page to find detailed entries of words from the Australian English vocabulary.

First published in 1988, The Australian National Dictionary was the first comprehensive, historically based record of the 10,000 words and idioms that make up the Australian contribution to the English language. It records the historical development of Australian words and phrases from their earliest use to the present day, providing evidence of this history in some 60,000 dated and referenced quotations drawn from more than 9000 Australian sources.