Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word


 - definitions and thesaurus

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

noun [countable] knee pronunciation in British English /niː/
Word Forms
  1. 1
    the part in the middle of your leg, where it bends
    Shirley sat in the corner, hugging her knees.
    We were up to our knees in mud.
    a serious knee injury
    fall/drop etc to your knees (=put your knees on the ground): He dropped to his knees and started praying.
    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      the part of a pair of trousers that covers your knee
      His jeans had holes in both knees.
      Synonyms and related words



used to describe foods which don't contain ingredients such as wheat, dairy products etc …

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day


lively or active

Open Dictionary

red market

the buying and selling of human organs

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog