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.

June 2014 update

This quarterly update marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War (1914-18) and OED’s editors have revisited and revised the dictionary’s coverage of some of the language and history associated with the war to end all wars. Chief Editor Michael Proffitt sets the update in historical context and discusses the naming of wars, while Senior Editor Kate Wild and Associate Editor Andrew Ball explore the impact and enduring historical legacy of World War I on the English language.
You can also explore our illustrated timeline highlighting 100 Words that Define the First World War.
See the full list of World War I revisions.

As always over 500 new words, phrases, and senses also enter the Oxford English Dictionary in this update. Additions this June include bezzieflexitarian, hashtag, and selfie. You can read more about the new and revised words and meanings in this article by Katherine Martin, Head of US Dictionaries.

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 September 2014.

Previous updates

The previous updates page gives a full list of updates from March 2000 to December 2013.

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