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10/16/2014

New Edition of the Royal Spanish Academy’s Spanish Dictionary


The latest edition of the Royal Spanish Academy’s Spanish dictionary is now available in book stores. This is the 23th edition of the dictionary, commonly referred to as the DRAE (Diccionario de la Real Academia Española).

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The New Edition of the Royal Spanish Academy’s Spanish Dictionary

The latest edition of the Royal Spanish Academy’s Spanish dictionary is now available in book stores. This is the 23th edition of the dictionary, commonly referred to as the DRAE (Diccionario de la Real Academia Española).

The last version was published in 2001, and over these last thirteen years, the Royal Spanish Academy has been working together with the 21 other Spanish language academies that make up the ASALE (Asociación de Academias de la Lengua Española) in the Americas and the Philippines an effort to update and revise the dictionary.

This edition contains 2,376 pages and includes 5,000 more word entries than the last edition (2001), which means it has 93,000 word entries, of which some 6,000 are new word entries. The DRAE also includes 195,000 definitions, of which the amount of “Americanisms” (words taken from Spanish language varieties from the Americas) was also increased to nearly 20,000.

Some 50,000 articles were revised and 1,350 were eliminated as they were considered obsolete.

This edition is the culmination of a series of publications that the Royal Spanish Academy has produced in the last few years, such as Nueva gramática de la lengua española, Ortografía de la lengua española, and Diccionario de americanismos. These works focus on the Spanish language as it is currently used all around the Spanish speaking world.

The online version can be used free of charge (http://buscon.rae.es/drae). It was created in 2001 and was updated five times between 2004 and 2012.