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 2016 update

Around 500 new words, phrases, and senses have entered the Oxford English Dictionary this quarter, including glam-maYouTuber, and upstander.

We have a selection of release notes this December, each of which takes a closer look at some of our additions. The last few years have seen the emergence of the word Brexit, and you can read more about the huge increase in the use of the word, and how we go about defining it, in this article by Craig Leyland, Senior Editor of the OED. Katherine Connor Martin, Head of US Dictionaries, explores the interesting story of how two local words, Bama and shaka, became global.

This December’s update also sees the addition of a number of words from the world of surfing, and David Martin has delved into the language of the sport in this article. You can also explore the chronology and meanings of our new surfing words with our interactive timeline.

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

The OED publishes four updates a year. The next update will be added to the dictionary in March 2017.

Previous updates

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

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