The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language.
It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of
600,000 words, past and present from across the English-speaking world.
As a historical dictionary, the OED is
very different from dictionaries of current English, in which the focus is on
present-day meanings. You’ll still find present-day meanings in the OED,
but you’ll also find the history of individual words, and of the language traced
through 3 million quotations, from classic literature and specialist
periodicals to film scripts and cookery books.
Staff and students can
access this resource on the Library’s Databases
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