The German equivalent to Merriam Webster?

I was wondering about something: why have I never seen the equivalent of a German Merriam Webster online?

For English, many commercial or professionally made dictionaries provide a free online version to anyone who wants to use it. The one that quickly jumps to my mind is the Merriam Webster online dictionary. For German, I’ve yet to see one – at least for native German speakers. Off the top of my head, the only German<->English dictionary that I can think of that is professionally created, available for free online, is PONS. However, there is no Langenscheidt Online, no Duden Online.
All of the other German<->English dictionaries that are online are user-created, dict.cc and dict.leo.org being the two major ones that I know of.

Are there dictionaries online for German speakers provided by German dictionary companies, or is the field a mere void? If so, I find that pretty odd.

3 thoughts on “The German equivalent to Merriam Webster?”

  1. Check out canoo.net for extensive grammar, and odge.info for another great free dictionary (odge has more explanations, if I recall right, but pons has better entries). I think. Check my german tag on del.icio.us – although it’s been a while since I came across stuff to add there.

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