One of the things that I greatly enjoy to the online Cambridge dictionary is the classification of the words and idioms according to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. So for instance

out of the blue C1

If something happens out of the blue, it is completely unexpected: One day, out of the blue, she announced that she was leaving.


nevertheless (also nonetheless) B2

despite what has just been said or referred to

and so on. Is there a similar (free) online dictionary that does the same for the French language?

  • cnrtl.fr/portail Click on the term Exemple, to get to the dictionary quickly. Centre nationale de ressources textuelles et lexicales It's more like the OED, the big one.
    – Lambie
    Sep 21, 2020 at 17:36

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Not exactly what I want but still quite helpful: https://www.bonjourdefrance.co.uk/learn-french-online/vocabulary/exercices-intermediate#

I think there is not a site like online Cambridge dictionary for the French language.

https://www.cnrtl.fr/portail/ comes close but does not provide such a classification. And its vocabulary has not been updated since the 90s (if I remember correctly).

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