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 2016 update

The June 2016 update sees the inclusion of over 1,000 new words and senses in the Oxford English Dictionary, along with the revision or expansion of almost 2,000 entries. Additions this June include glampstarchitectstarter marriage, and ROFL.

You can read more about the new words and meanings added to the Dictionary in an article by Jonathan Dent, from acronyms and initialisms to foodstuffs and modern conveniences (and inconveniences). Our Chief Editor, Michael Proffitt, has written an introduction to the exciting functional changes to the dictionary.

Long knife is an expression with a rich and varied past: it’s been in the OED since the first Supplement of 1933, but a revision this June sees the full history of long knife explored, as our Deputy Chief Editor Edmund Weiner explains in his article. Turning to the functional side of the online dictionary, you can learn more about new features: word frequency in search results and links to full passages from which our example quotations are taken. You can also find out more about the addition of written and spoken pronunciations for several varieties of World English.

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 2016.

Previous updates

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

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