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Abbreviations

This list contains the most common abbreviations used in the OED. Click on a letter to see the abbreviations beginning with that letter. Most of the words listed are only abbreviated in certain contexts, esp. when used as a subject label or in a work title. A | B | C | D | E [...]

Guide to Sources

‘Sources’ gives extensive information about hundreds of sources of evidence used in the OED: novelists, poets, explorers, and scientists; newspapers, magazines, diaries, and letters. Find out who they were and what they contributed to the English language. Read more » For a quick introduction to Sources, please view section 7 of the OED Online tour: [...]

Guide to the Historical Thesaurus

The Historical Thesaurus of the OED is a huge semantic index of the content of the dictionary. It provides new ways to discover, explore, and browse aspects of the English language and its history. The taxonomic organization of the Historical Thesaurus offers a unique new perspective on the material in the OED. OED Online integrates [...]

Guide to Timelines

Timelines give you a graphical representation of any aspect of English over time: whether that’s the language as a whole; English relating to a particular subject area; English used by particular groups; or English derived from other languages and language families. Or you can create your own custom search, then view and refine the results [...]

What is the OED Online?

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words—past and present—from across the English-speaking world. OED Online presents the complete OED in its most recent version—including all work to date on the Third Edition. [...]