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The ninth edition of the Macquarie Dictionary will be released on 12 September 2023 almost exactly 42 years after the first edition. 

The new edition comes in two-volumes and features hundreds of new words and updated definitions from words which we share with the rest of the English-speaking world as well as words unique to Australian English, such as cozzie, shonky, snot-block, servo, having a barry and doing a Bradbury.

The ninth edition features:

  • a comprehensive record of English as it is used in Australia today
  • inclusion of the latest new words, such as bossware, coercive control, infodemic, long COVID, neopronoun, Omicron, prebunking, pyrocumulonimbus, range anxiety, Teal, truth-telling
  • updated entries to reflect changing perspectives relating to the environment, society, politics, technology and the internet
  • illustrative phrases showing how a word is used in context
  • vocabulary and usages from regional Australia
  • etymologies of words and phrases
  • extensive usage notes
  • foreword by Markus Zusak, international bestselling author
  • free 12-month subscription to Macquarie Dictionary and Thesaurus Online

In his foreword, Markus Zusak, bestselling author of The Book Thief and The Messenger, captures the importance of the Macquarie Dictionary to the Australian lexicon: 

“If we allow ourselves the pleasure, we can spend our lives both discovering and uncovering seemingly infinite combinations of words. The dictionary is our multi-faceted road map – to view each entry from many angles. It’s for that reason that I revere this book, and what it offers to readers and writers.”

The Macquarie Dictionary was first published in print in 1981 and has been online since 2003. It contains the complete record of English as it is used in Australia, and is nationally and internationally regarded as the standard reference on Australian English.

IPEd members receive a discount for online subscriptions to Macquarie Dictionary and Thesaurus Online. Enter the relevant promo code, found in the member-only portal, on Macquarie’s subscription page.