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New words FAQHow are new words added to an Oxford dictionary?Words can be added to one of our online dictionaries through a variety of channels:OED: Once a wor...

Blogs from Oxford Dictionaries for Children

Browse our blogs on children’s language:500 Wondercrump Words: How young writers use Roald Dahl’s languageFrom Agent Wonka to Big Friendly Zombies, snozsprouts to puckleberries, this year’s entrants to the BBC R...

Why do children need a children's dictionary?

...they will understandincludes terms they will encounter at school that an adult may rarely have to use – like phoneme, or graphemetailors examples of words to a context children will relate to – children ‘buy’ sweets, they don’t ‘buy’ a houseRecent analysis shows that children and adult often use very di...

Word of the Year 2015

...emoticon makes it easy for English speakers to remember, but the resemblance is entirely coincidental: emoji is derived ultimately from the Japanese words e (picture) and moji (letter, character), whereas emoticon is from the English words emotion and icon.The Word of the Year 2015 shortlistIn addition...

Word of the Year 2015

...makes it easy for English speakers to remember, but the resemblance is entirely coincidental: emoji is derived ultimately from the Japanese words e (picture) and moji (letter, character), whereas emoticon is from the English words emotion and icon.Th...

Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2016 is...

...al nomination. Given that usage of the term hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down, I wouldn’t be surprised if post-truth becomes one of the defining words of our time.’The Word of the Year need not have been coined within the past twelve months. To qualify for consideration we look for evidence that its...

Oxford English Dictionary (OED) June 2017 update

  Tennis words amongst those to be added to the Oxford English Dictionary   -- 27th June, Oxford, UK -- Today the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) announce...

Dictionaries and children’s language research

...d Corpus, a unique database of children’s language, written by children themselves and by adults writing for children.A corpus is a large database of words. The Oxford Corpus contains over 300 million words used in books and online sites for children and young teenagers. The Corpus also contains words us...

One hundred years of Roald Dahl: an Oxford English Dictionary update

...es to Roald Dahl’s writing in this month’s quarterly update. Chief Editor of the OED, Michael Proffitt commented:“The inclusion in OED of a number of words coined by or associated with Roald Dahl reflects both his influence as an author and his vivid and distinctive style. For many children Roald Dahl’s...

Oxford English Dictionary invites users of Mumsnet to help find new parenting words

...also begin to speak another language. It’s not just baby talk; there’s a whole new vocabulary to be learnt, from labour and childbirth procedures to words describing how to wean your infant. Many of these terms – which quickly become the stuff of everyday communication for millions of parents – are rela...

OxfordDictionaries.com update: Gen Z, fidget spinner, and cheat day join the dictionary

As Oxford University Press today welcomes a new  batch of words to OxfordDictionaries.com, its free online dictionary of current English, now seems like a good time to take a deep dive into what has been...

How our dictionaries are created

...today.How we analyse languageWe have access to vast databases of real-world language usage known as corpora. By analysing these we can track emerging words and changing patterns of use. We can also see whether words are becoming more or less popular, and how they are used regionally.Find out more about c...

Corpus

...the 21st century, allowing us to track and record the very latest developments in language. Specialized software analyses the corpora to identify how words are related, identify new and emerging words and senses, and spot trends and patterns in usage, spelling, regional varieties, and more.A corpus enabl...

Our story

...researchers, technology companies, and software developers. Our content is available wherever you need it: online, mobile, or in print.More than just wordsWe immerse ourselves in everything to do with language. Our lexicographers, technologists, and linguists collect, process, and analyse living language...

The Oxford English Dictionary

...onaries in oxforddictionaries.com are very different. Oxforddictionaries.com focuses on current language and practical usage, while the OED shows how words and meanings have changed over time.In oxforddictionaries.com, where words have more than one meaning the most important and common meanings are give...

Licensing FAQ

...vailable in several different language combinations.  What does a synonym dataset from Oxford Dictionaries offer?Our synonym datasets group words and phrases that are similar in meaning to the headword. Synonym datasets usually offer between 10,000 and 80,000 synonyms and, unlike monolingual da...

Case study: Zynga

SituationZynga’s Words with Friends is the most popular social word game in the English-speaking world.  When the time came to localize Words  with Friends for gl...

OGL: Resources for teachers using the living dictionaries

...living dictionaries in the classroom.The proposed exercises can be built around specific topics of interest.1. Theme-base translation classesAim: Add words missing from the dictionary, based on a theme-based word-list.Facilitated by: teacherResources: Word lists. The OGL site is used in the class fo...

Language learning apps

English at  your fingertipsOur wide range of dictionary and reference apps makes it easy to understand what words mean, how to use them and how to say them.Our apps include…Oxford Advanced Learners’ Dictionary The world’s bestselling learner’s dictionary.Oxf...

Zika, hate-watch, and 420: an Oxford English Dictionary update

...le+WHAT IS THE OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY (OED)?  The OED is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over 829,000 words, senses, and compounds – past and present – from across the English-speaking world. As a historical dictionary, the OED is very different from those...

Our history

...after the project was first conceived – the last volume was published. Instead of 6,400 pages in four volumes, the dictionary contained over 400,000 words and phrases in ten volumes. One of the innovations the OED developed was collecting, from the general public, real-life evidence of words in context...

Oxford English Dictionary (OED) September update

...ing, including splendiferous, human bean, and Dahlesque. Jonathan Dent, Senior Assistant Editor of the OED, takes a closer look at some of these words in this article.As ever, the September update to OED contains more than 500 new words, phrases, and senses. Additions this quarter include...

Libraries and Institutions

...tact details below.Premium Oxford DictionariesOxford’s most comprehensive dictionaries and thesauruses of current English featuring more than 350,000 words and phrases, and more than 1.9 million example sentencesEight bilingual dictionaries: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, and...

English Learners

...ation Programming Interface (API)Find out more >Spread the wordBlog posts from Oxford’s language experts are a great read for anyone interested in words – from insights into how new words come about, to new meanings and uses.Find out more >Oxford Children’s Picture DictionaryFor parents who want to...

Oxford English Dictionary (OED) December update

  December 2016 - Around 500 new words, phrases, and senses have entered the Oxford English Dictionary this quarter, including glam-ma, YouTuber, and upstander.&nb...

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