Dictionary of Contemporary Japanese with Example Sentences


Abundant in example sentences, explained in a simple manner drawing on the entire corpus of Japanese. Learning is supported with Synonym Comparison Tables.

Since the publication of the first edition in 1985, the Dictionary of Contemporary Japanese with Example Sentences has become the favored companion of a broad range of people from high school students to ordinary members of society as a dictionary that is “user friendly and easy to understand.” Especially in schools, it has also become the established favorite as “the dictionary most often selected by teachers of Japanese.”

The fifth edition has been revised by making full use of the Japanese corpus of the National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics for the first time with a Japanese language dictionary. The use of the corpus has enabled more than ever before to explain how “contemporary” Japanese (the standard national language) is used through abundant example sentences.

The “Corpus Columns,” which use graphs to demonstrate Japanese usage frequencies, and “Synonym Comparison Tables,” which present example sentences to distinguish between the usages of synonyms in different situations, are popular contents that support learning in an easy-to-understand format.

The JapanKnowledge edition enables searches not only for word entries but also for idioms and proverbs. In addition, the contents of both the “Commentary on Particles and Auxiliary Verbs” and the “Compilation of Onomatopoeic and Mimetic Words” in the appendix are arranged as separate entries that make it possible to explore the details of subtle differences in word usages.

General editors: Hayashi Oki, Matsui Shigekazu

Contents information

Original books 現代国語例解辞典 第5版
Publisher SHOGAKUKAN Inc.
Publication date November 20, 2016
Number of volumes One volume
Book price ¥3,190 (Pre-tax price ¥2,900+tax10%)
Release date August 1, 2020
Number of entries 63,300 entries
Number of characters 3,000,000 characters
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