Recent updates to the OED

The OED is updated four times a year, every March, June, September, and December.

The material added to the dictionary includes revised versions of existing entries (which replace the older versions), and new words and senses both within the alphabetical sequence of revised entries and also across the whole A to Z range.

Published quarterly since 2000, the updates make up the Third Edition of the OED.

December 2015 update

Around 500 new words, phrases, and senses have entered the Oxford English Dictionary this quarter, including phabletwaybread, and bank of mom and dad. You can read more about the new and revised words and meanings in this article by Jonathan Dent, Assistant Editor of the OED.

This update also sees three major new features added to the OED: audio pronunciations, word frequency markings, and short etymological summaries. Chief Editor of the OED, Michael Proffitt, introduces the exciting new features here. Our release notes this December take a closer look at these additions: Catherine Sangster, Head of Pronunciations, explains the audio pronunciations added this quarter; Philip Durkin, Deputy Chief Editor, explores the etymological summaries added to entries.

See a full list of the new words, subentries, senses, and phrases added in this update.

The OED publishes four updates a year. The next update will be added to the dictionary in January 2016.

Previous updates

The previous updates page gives a full list of updates from March 2000 to December 2014.

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