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.

March 2017 update

More than 500 new words, phrases, and senses have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary this quarter, including hate-watchpogonophobiasticky-outyand things aren’t what they used to be. You can read more about the new and revised words and meanings in this article by Katherine Connor Martin, Head of US Dictionaries.

2017 marks Canada’s 150th anniversary, and  our March update includes Canada and Canadian, as well as a host of people, animals, and plants native to Canada. Ellie Stedall, Senior Assistant Editor of the OED, has taken a closer look at some of these additions in our release notes.

See a full list of 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 June 2017.

Previous updates

The previous updates page gives a full list of updates from March 2000 to December 2016.