How to Cite a Dictionary in MLA

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Dictionary – Definitions in print, on a website, or on an online database.

Citing a dictionary entry from a website

Dictionary Citation Structure:

“Title of Entry.” Title of Dictionary, Publisher, Date published, URL. Accessed Day Month Year.

* Date Note: The date of publication may not be available. If there is no date of publication, put (n.d.) in place of the date.


Dictionary Citation Example:

“Food Bank.” Cambridge Dictionary, Cambridge University Press, n.d., Accessed 1 Nov. 2020.


Dictionary In-text Citation Structure:

(“Title of Entry”)

Dictionary In-text Citation Example:

(“Food Bank”)


Published August 10, 2012. Updated November 7, 2020.

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