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Oxford English Dictionary


(OED), the largest dictionary of the English language. The first edition was published by the Oxford University Press beginning in 1884. It was based on material gathered by the London Philological Society and was called the New English Dictionary on Historical Principles (a second title, Oxford English Dictionary, appeared in the volumes published from 1895). By 1929 ten volumes, covering the letters A to Z, had been published and a supplement appeared in 1933. That year a new 13-voIume edition of the dictionary was published. Called the Oxford English Dictionary, it was virtually a facsimile of the first edition. The dictionary has not been reissued since 1933, although a two-volume abridged version—the Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary—has appeared. The first volume of a projected three-volume supplement came out in 1972.

The Oxford English Dictionary includes all the words in the English literary and spoken language since 1150 and gives a detailed description of their pronunciation and their etymological, semantic, orthographic, and grammatical characteristics. Historical changes in the meaning, spelling, pronunciation, and usage of each word are illustrated by examples, usually citations. The dictionary contains about 500,000 words and includes about 2 million citations from 20,000 works by more than 5,000 authors.

Abridged versions of the dictionary—the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary and the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English—are issued regularly.


Oxford English Dictionary

(OED) great multi-volume historical dictionary of English. [Br. Hist.: Caught in the Web of Words]
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The term can be found in its two-word unhyphenated form (uniformly spaced) in an 1873 quotation at the main entry for spaced in The Oxford English Dictionary--thus, "Uniformly spaced central holes serve to move the paper on at a constant speed".
Last year words like "selfie" and "s***storm" were among the words that were added to Oxford English Dictionary.
8220;You may be surprised at the popularity of the word 'time' in the Oxford English Corpus,” said Head of Marketing Daniel Stewart, “but it's important to remember that this word has many different definitions and also forms part of common phrases in English usage, such as 'about time' and 'time after time'.
Unlike the Oxford English Dictionary, which describes words and usage, Johnson's dictionary was rather prescriptive (more than 800 words are damned as "barbarous," "vile," "improper," or "low") and somewhat quirky.
Oxford said that the first "multi-volume Oxford English dictionary was fully published in 1928 and the second edition in 1989.
PUBLISHERS of the Oxford English Dictionary revealed yesterday the third edition of its reference guide may never appear in print.
London, (SANA) -- After more than two decades in production, the latest edition of the Oxford English Dictionary may never make it to print, its publisher has said.
I could not find the word "Mallu" or "Malu" in the Oxford English Dictionary meaning "Monkey".
Researchers at Glasgow University spent hundreds of thousands of hours on the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary.
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Heaviosity, impactful, retro-futurist, manbag, carbon-neutral, goody bag, blogroll, Foggy Bottom, splitsville, and smoosh are among the 2,500 new words (and their meanings) added to the Sixth Edition Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, which is a two-volume compendium of the full 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary.

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