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How to use the OED

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Does a dictionary need a glossary? It’s a moot point. Here are quick explanations of some terms used in OED Online, with links to more detailed discussion elsewhere. additions Additions…

Key to pronunciation

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Key to symbols and other conventions

Before a word or sense † = obsolete ‖ = not naturalized, alien (not used in New Edition entries) ¶ = catachrestic and erroneous uses (not used in New Edition…