Open main menu, originally titled Oxford Dictionaries Online (ODO) and rebranded Oxford Living Dictionaries in 2017, is an online dictionary produced by the Oxford University Press (OUP)[1] publishing house, a department of the University of Oxford, which also publishes a number of print dictionaries, among other works. The database includes the contents of Oxford Dictionary of English, New Oxford American Dictionary, Oxford Thesaurus of English, and Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus, and the website also provides English grammar and usage resources.[2] The database provides both "world" and American English as separate lexicons; while most entries are the same, some significantly differ to reflect distinctions in usage. This online edition of Oxford's dictionary resources includes exclusive updates (mostly neologisms); it is updated every three months.[3] The site also includes several dictionaries of foreign language terms to and from English. It does not include the full text of the Oxford English Dictionary.
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Type of site
Available inEnglish, Spanish
Launched1992 (1996 in website form)

Comparison with Oxford English DictionaryEdit

The following is an extract from "The OED and Oxford Dictionaries" at[4]

The dictionary content in Oxford Dictionaries focuses on current English and includes modern meanings and uses of words. Where words have more than one meaning, the most important and common meanings in modern English are given first, and less common and more specialist or technical uses are listed below. The OED, on the other hand, is a historical dictionary and it forms a record of all the core words and meanings in English over more than 1,000 years, from Old English to the present day, and including many obsolete and historical terms. Meanings are ordered chronologically in the OED, according to when they were first recorded in English ....


  1. ^ "The OED and Oxford Dictionaries". Oxford English Dictionary. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Oxford Dictionaries content help". Oxford Dictionaries Online. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  3. ^ Harrison, Emma (19 June 2014). "Oxford dictionaries: Demise of the printed editions?". BBC News. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  4. ^ "The OED and Oxford Dictionaries". 2017. Retrieved December 17, 2017.

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