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Oxford English Dictionary Online

The definitive record of the English language

  • More than 600,000 meanings of words, using more than 3 million quotations to show how words have been used over the entire history of the English language
  • The only English dictionary that aims to trace the first recorded use of every sense of every word, to show when it entered the language
  • The Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary allows users to explore themes, meanings, and ideas through the history of English
  • Covers British, American, and other varieties of English, and all types of usage from formal to slang
  • Updated four times a year with thousands of new and revised meanings
  • Each entry shows sense development, quotation evidence, and links to related entries - unlocking the history of every word
  • Search and browse by subject, region, usage, or by language of origin - results can be displayed as a timeline