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 2014 update

More than 500 new words, phrases, and senses have entered the Oxford English Dictionary in December’s update. Many entries have been fully revised for the first time in over 90 years, including good, better, best, and well.

Additions this quarter include g’day, un-PC, and BYOD. You can read more about the new and revised words and meanings in this article by Jonathan Dent, Assistant Editor of the OED.

Our Deputy Chief Editors have written the release notes for this update, which take a look at some of the entries in more detail. Philip Durkin investigates words beginning with un- and their counterparts; Edmund Wiener explores un- words with multiple meanings, including unrigged and unravelled.

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 March 2015.

Previous updates

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