How To Cite a Dictionary in Chicago/Turabian

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If you need to define an important word in your paper, you should provide a citation for the dictionary entry for that term. This guide will show you how to cite an online dictionary entry in notes-bibliography style using the 17th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.

Citing an online dictionary entry

Note: Popular dictionaries should be referenced in the notes only, but lesser-known dictionaries can be included in the bibliography if needed. See sections 14.232 and 14.233 of the Chicago Manual of Style for additional information.


1. Dictionary Title, s.v. “Definition word (part of speech),” accessed Month Date, Year, URL.

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1. Oxford Dictionaries, s.v. “food baby (n.),” accessed October 22, 2013,

Note: To cite a print dictionary entry in the notes, the entry would follow the same format, but the accessed date and URL would be omitted (Oxford Dictionaries, s.v. “food baby (n.).”)

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