Oxford English Dictionary


The Oxford English Dictionary provides an unsurpassed guide to the English language, documenting 600,000 words through 3.5 million illustrative quotations from over 1,000 years of history across the English-speaking world.


As the world’s foremost historical dictionary of English, the OED’s ongoing mission is to capture the development of all words – past and present – from the moment they enter the language to their most recent usage, subtly adjusting our image of the English language with each update.


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Oxford Dictionaries Premium offers comprehensive language guidance in nine major world languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.


Along with access to regular updates to our world-class monolingual and bilingual dictionaries across each language, Oxford Dictionaries Premium also offers access to grammar guidance and language resources, including New Hart’s Rules, Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage, and Garner’s Dictionary of Legal Use.


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Every year, we help millions of people around the world to learn English by publishing a variety of resources, including the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, to enrich learning.


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Oxford Dictionaries for Children


Our children's dictionaries have been created using insights from the Oxford Children's Corpus, the world's largest database of children's language. This expertise, formed from rigorous research and the language analysis of children’s writing and writing for children ensures Oxford’s Dictionaries for Children keep pace with the development of all children.


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Oxford Languages publishes monolingual and bilingual print dictionaries in more than 25 languages for language learners across the globe, including our Compact, Concise, Mini, and Pocket series.


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