Guide: How to cite a Dictionary entry in Chicago style

Guide: How to cite a Dictionary entry in Chicago style

Cite A Dictionary entry in Chicago style

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Use the following template to cite a dictionary entry using the Chicago citation style. For help with other source types, like books, PDFs, or websites, check out our other guides. To have your reference list or bibliography automatically made for you, try our free citation generator.


Pink text = information that you will need to find from the source.
Black text = text required by the Chicago style.

Reference list

Place this part in your bibliography or reference list at the end of your assignment.


Author Surname, Author Forename. Year Published. 'Title'. Publication Title. City: Publisher. http://Website URL.


Allen, Robert. 2003. 'Confidence'. Oxford Primary Dictionary. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

In-text citation

Place this part right after the quote or reference to the source in your assignment.


(Author Surname Year Published)


believing that you are right or that you can do something (Allen 2003)

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