Preface to the third edition

This major new edition of the Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary maintains the same innovative approach as the highly acclaimed first edition. Thousands of new words, phrases, and meanings have been added, reflecting the rapid changes in language and culture of the last few years. Language evolves constantly, and new developments in every area of contemporary life require new means of expression. This dictionary records these changes and offers the user a true picture of both French and English at the beginning of the twenty-first century. But a bilingual dictionary should also serve as a guide to communication between two languages and cultures. This dictionary does. We have revised and updated all the supplementary material included in the dictionary to offer the user the most useful and effective communication tool available.

We hope you will enjoy using this new edition.

Publishing Manager Vivian Marr
Development Editor Natalie Pomier