Visual Dictionaries

A dictionary with a different point of view

The Visual Dictionary is designed to help you find the right words at a glance. Filled with stunning illustrations labeled with accurate terminology, it is an ideal language-learning and vocabulary tool for use at school, at home or at work. With over 12 million copies sold worldwide, counting all editions, in more than 40 languages, this international bestseller is conveniently available in various formats to meet the different needs of your market.

The Visual Dictionary contains a rich, detailed vocabulary, carefully developed from systematic and comparative terminology research. Extreme care is taken to ensure the accuracy of every word.

Created and developed by terminology experts and highly skilled illustrators.
One look at The Visual Dictionary will take you further than you think.

It illustrates...

through detailed images that help the user understand or discover, observe or contemplate, discern or differentiate, express or demonstrate.

It explains...

to help the user understand a phenomenon and quickly grasp the meaning of a term or the characteristics of an object, communicate with greater clarity or simply learn something new.

It names...

detailed aspects and elements of a topic using a visual and thematic approach.

Explanatory Chart


The title is featured at the top of the page, and its definition is found below. If the title refers to information that continues over several pages, it is shown in a shaded tone with no definition on the following pages.

Color reference

The color reference also appears on the spine and back of the book. It identifies and accompanies each theme to facilitate quick access to the corresponding section in the book.


The name of the theme is shown with its definition on the double-page spread at the beginning of the section. It is then repeated on each page of the section, but without the definition.


The definition explains the inherent qualities, function, or characteristics of the element depicted in the illustration.

Dotted lines

Dotted lines link the word and definition to the item indicated. Where too many lines would make reading difficult, they have been replaced by color codes with captions or, in rare cases, by numbers.


Themes are divided into subthemes. These are shown on the introductory page of a theme along with their definitions.


The subtitle groups together illustrations representing members of the same class of objects.


The illustration serves as the visual identification of the terms associated with it.


More abstract natural phenomena or processes are represented by descriptive diagrams. Colored arrows indicate links between the various elements of the diagram.


In certain cases, where the inner parts of the illustrated object are being highlighted, blue lines have been traced over the cut lines to avoid any confusion about the true appearance of the object.

Magnifier or zoom

The magnifier or zoom enlarges certain areas of a complex illustration to facilitate viewing of the major parts.

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