What is the recommended BibTeX way to cite a single entry inside a dictionary?

I do not want to cite a dictionary in its entirety, I want to point to a single entry in that dictionary. (Answers to questions like Citing a dictionary with BibTeX deal with the whole dictionary, I want to cite a single entry.)

For example, I would like to cite the entry "Élégie" from the dictionary "Le Dictionnaire Historique de la langue française" (page 349), published by Le Robert.

Which BibTex entry type should I use to store this in my .bib file? Which field for the lemma?

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    Citing a dictionary with BibTeX and maybe use the note-field for additional information? – Hackbard_C Sep 11 '14 at 12:20
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    This depends on what style guide you are using for citation format. – musarithmia Sep 11 '14 at 12:37
  • You can use @reference for that what you asked. But this entry type is native in biblatex, is an alias for @collection I'm not sure if it's able in bibtex – Aradnix Sep 11 '14 at 17:06
  • Think of "Under the Bridge with Dick and Harry" as a collection of short stories. – John Kormylo Sep 12 '14 at 13:40

I would use the incollection bib type.

        Address = {Paris},
        Booktitle = {Le Dictionnaire Historique de la langue française},
        Pages = {349},
        Publisher = {Le Robert},
        Title = {Élégie},
        Year = {1990}}

Here's an example using the kluwer bibliography style.

    Address = {Paris},
    Booktitle = {Le Dictionnaire Historique de la langue fran{\c c}aise},
    Pages = {349},
    Publisher = {Le Robert},
    Title = {{\' E}l{\' e}gie},
    Year = {1990}}
Some text \cite{Robert}.

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