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Abbreviations

This list contains the most common abbreviations used in the OED. Click on a letter to see the abbreviations beginning with that letter. Most of the words listed are only…

Guide to Sources

‘Sources’ gives extensive information about hundreds of sources of evidence used in the OED: novelists, poets, explorers, and scientists; newspapers, magazines, diaries, and letters. Find out who they were and…

Guide to the Historical Thesaurus

The Historical Thesaurus of the OED is a huge semantic index of the content of the dictionary. It provides new ways to discover, explore, and browse aspects of the English…

Guide to Timelines

Timelines give you a graphical representation of any aspect of English over time: whether that’s the language as a whole; English relating to a particular subject area; English used by…

What is the OED Online?

  Searching OED online  Features More from OED online Help/Problems The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed…