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Key features

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. The online version includes:

  • Simple and advanced search options to find the word you seek or a browse option from A to 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;
  • Historical Thesaurus: a taxonomic organization of all the contents of the OED;
  • Entry display options: view pronunciation, etymology, variant spellings, and quotations if required;
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The Oxford English Dictionary Online focuses on present day meanings, but also the history of individual words, and of the language which is traced through 3 million quotations, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to films scripts and cookery books. This resource is updated every three months so there are entries for bootylicious, bling and LOL.

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