The Oxford University Press has launched 1,664-page English-English-Tamil dictionary containing 50,000 entries and providing detailed meanings/synonyms in English and Tamil.

N. Mathivanan, Madurai District Collector, released the dictionary here on Thursday and the first copy was received by R. Karpaga Kumaravel, Vice-Chancellor, Madurai Kamaraj University.

The bilingual dictionary has been prepared in a manner that it will be an authoritative reference for students, teachers, translators and general readers. Essential scientific and technical vocabulary, over 200 illustrations, words from current usage including ‘Indian English’, pronunciation, detailed English and Tamil definitions along with grammar component are the features of the latest dictionary which is priced Rs.495.

Speaking on the occasion, the MKU Vice-Chancellor said that English learning is very important since it is a link language and not at all a foreign language in India. He said that steps would be taken to activate the Institute of Spoken English and the Department of English Language Studies in the university.

Manzar Khan, Managing Director, Oxford University Press (India), said that the dictionary would be a very helpful resource material for those who want to learn English.

V.Murugan, Editor of the dictionary and V.Jayadevan, Consultant Editor, who made a presentation about the English-English-Tamil dictionary, said that 700 words which are specific to Indian life and culture were included in the dictionary.

"Communicative competency of the English learners can be built up significantly and it helps in vocabulary enrichment," Dr. Murugan said.