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Type of site
Available in English, Spanish
Website www.oxforddictionaries.com
Commercial Yes
Launched 1992 (1996 in website form)

OxfordDictionaries.com or Oxford Dictionaries Online (ODO) is a website 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 things. It includes the Oxford Dictionary of English, New Oxford American Dictionary, Oxford Thesaurus of English, Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus and grammar and usage resources.[2] It is updated every three months.[3]

Comparison with Oxford English Dictionary

The following is an extract from "The OED and Oxford Dictionaries" at OxfordDictionaries.com.

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….

If you are looking for practical help or advice on how to use English in writing and speaking today, then Oxford Dictionaries will provide you with the information you need. If you’re also interested in how our language has developed over time or want to dig deeper into its origins or variations around the world, then the OED is the definitive resource.


  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. 

External links

  • Official website

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