MLA: Dictionary

Autocite a Dictionary in MLA Format

How to Cite a Dictionary Online in MLA

Include the definition, the name of the dictionary, the edition, and the year published.


Author Last, First M. "Entry Name." Def. Number. Website Title. Ed. First M. Last. Comp. First M. Last. Trans. First M. Last. Publisher/Sponsor, Date Mon. Year Published. Web. Date Mon. Year Accessed.


"Citation" Def. 2. Merriam Webster Online, Merriam Webster, n.d. Web. 24 Sept. 2011.

"Bibliography."" Def. 2. Merriam-Webster Online. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 27 Sept. 2012.

Make sure to:

  • Add a definition number (ex 5b).
  • Check the box if the source is well-known.
  • Provide the advanced information for the dictionary if it is available.

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