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 or print book

Dictionary Citation Structure:

“Title of Entry.” Title of Dictionary, edition (if applicable), Publisher, date published, page number or URL.

*Title note: If the word you are citing includes multiple parts of speech and/or definitions, be sure to include the specific definition you are citing as part of the title. The part of speech should be abbreviated and italicized and included after the word, preceded by a comma. The definition number should follow the part of speech in parentheses.

For example, “Title of entry, Abbreviated part of speech. (Definition number).”


Dictionary Citation Example:

“Food Bank.” Cambridge Dictionary, Cambridge University Press,


Dictionary In-text Citation Structure:

(“Title of Entry”)

Dictionary In-text Citation Example:

(“Food Bank”)


Published August 10, 2012. Updated May 29, 2021.

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