Oxford English Dictionary Online
Published on 26th August 2021
600,000 words … 3.5 million quotations … over 1000 years of English
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) online is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language, giving you not only the latest content from the full Oxford English Dictionary but also the Historical Thesaurus of the OED. It's an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world.
As a historical dictionary, the OED is very different from dictionaries of current English, in which the focus is on present-day meanings. You’ll still find present-day meanings in the OED, but you’ll also find the history of individual words, and of the language, traced through over 3 million quotations, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books. You can also check out some of their short video guides to help you get the most out of your OED use.
You can explore the dictionary as follows:
- Dictionary (Browse the whole dictionary from A-Z)
- Categories (Browse words by subject, usage, region or origin)
- Timelines (Discover when words entered the English language)
- Sources (Explore the top 1,000 authors and works quoted in the OED)
The OED is updated every 3 months; existing entries are revised and new words are added
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