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.

September 2014 update

More than 600 new words, phrases, and senses have entered the Oxford English Dictionary in our latest update, which sees the revision of several everyday words, such as week, day, and group.

New additions this quarter include fact checkworkaround, and First World problem.  You can read more about the new and revised words and meanings in this article by Katherine Connor Martin, Head of US Dictionaries.

Our Deputy Chief Editors have written the release notes for September, which take a look at some of the entries in more detail. Philip Durkin examines the history of last, and its associated new phrases fun while it lasted and to last the course, whilst Edmund Weiner investigates the journey of some of the words added to the OED this year, including hi-fiscience fiction, and DIY.

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

The OED publishes four updates a year. The next update will be added to the dictionary in December 2014.

Previous updates

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

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