If you are creating an in-text citation for a dictionary entry, you would follow APA's standard in-text citation guidelines of including the first part of the reference and the year. For example, your in-text citations might look like this: (Merriam-Webster's collegiate dictionary, 1999) or (Onomatopoeia, n.d.). These in-text citations would then align with your reference list citations.
If you are citing a full dictionary in your reference list, you would place the title of the dictionary in the position where the author’s name would normally go, so it would look like this:
Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary (10th ed.). (1999). Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster Incorporated.
If you are citing a single entry in an online dictionary, you will need to include the word that you looked up first, so it would look something like this:
Onomatopoeia. (n.d.) In Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary. Retrieved from http://www.merriam-
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Dictionary – Definitions in print, on a website, or on an online database.
Citing a dictionary entry from a website
Author Last, First M. “Entry Name.” Def.Number.Website Title. Ed. First M. Last. Comp. First M. Last. Trans. First M. Last. Publisher/Sponsor, Date Month Year Published. Web. Date Month Year Accessed.
Contributor Note: Not all types of contributors will be relevant to each entry.
Date Note: The date of publication may not be available. If there is no date of publication, put (n.d.) in place of the date.
“Food baby.” Def.1. OxfordDictionaries.com. Oxford Dictionaries, Aug. 2013. Web. 24 Sept. 2011.