Oxford Dictionary

Follow These Links!

Oxford Dictionary

What are people referring to when they talk about the Oxford Dictionary?

When people mention
The Oxford Dictionary, they usually mean one of two major dictionaries published by Oxford University Press each of which has been through several editions.

1. The Oxford English Dictionary (known as the
OED) and

2. The Concise Oxford Dictionary (known to its friends as
COD pronounced sea-oh-dee).

If your Oxford dictionary is in ten or twelve large volumes, it is the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary (1884-1928).

If it is in twenty volumes, it is the second edition of the Oxford English Dictionary (1989).

If it is a photographically reduced edition, read with a magnifying glass, it is the Compact Edition of either the first or second edition of the Oxford English Dictionary.

If your Oxford dictionary is in two volumes, it is probably the Shorter OED (1930 revised 1976, 1993 and 2002) or the New Shorter OED (completely revised 1993), a historical dictionary based on the OED.

If your Oxford dictionary is in one volume, it could be any of a wide range of Oxford Dictionaries from the tiny Oxford Mini dictionary to the large and comprehensive New Oxford Dictionary of English. The most common one is the Concise Oxford Dictionary, first published in 1911 and now in its eleventh edition (revised 2004). To find out which edition you have, look on the back of the title page.

Oxford University Press publishes a huge range of dictionaries including national English dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, children's dictionaries and those used in teaching English as a Foreign Language.

Related Links:

Is there An Official Committee which regulates the English language?
Do you include words used on the Internet?
Are Lexicographers good spellers?
Are Dictionaries really necessary?
Are dictionaries always in Alphabetical Order?
What is a Dictionary?

What are the Oxford Dictionary?
Are other languages recorded in huge Multi-Volume Dictionaries?
Do Dictionary-Makers ever make mistakes?
What is the chronology of events relevant to the history of the OED?
How can I access Dictionary Online?

How do you decide What To Include in a dictionary?
How do you decide If a New Word should go in an Oxford Dictionary?
Will the Dictionary-Makers put MY NEW WORD into their dictionaries?
How will be a Dictionary In 2050?
How has Computer Technology affected dictionary-making?

How do you know what a word means?
Dictionaries have changed over the years. How?
When will the Third Edition of the OED be published?
What skills and talents does a Lexicographer need?
How will The Revision affect the size of the OED?

FAQ | Oxford Dictionary to HOME PAGE

More To Explore