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Date Coverage: Second Edition
Description: An extremely extensive dictionary which includes word origins. Fully searchable.

From the OED description:

The Oxford English Dictionary is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past. It traces the usage of words through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books.

The OED covers words from across the English-speaking world, from North America to South Africa, from Australia and New Zealand to the Caribbean. It also offers the best in etymological analysis and in listing of variant spellings, and it shows pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet.

The Second Edition of the OED is currently also available as a 20-volume print edition, and on CD-ROM. Updated quarterly with at least 1000 new and revised entries, OED Online offers unparalleled access to the ‘greatest continuing work of scholarship that this century has produced’ (Newsweek). To find out more about the OED Online, follow the free tour.

About the Oxford English Dictionary invites you to explore the intriguing background and distinctive character of the OED. Here, you will find in-depth articles about the history of the OED, an inside look at the programmes used to enlarge and update the OED entries, little-known facts about its content, and much more.

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