Oxford English Dictionary

Posted July 19th 2016

The BHSL is proud to announce the addition of the OED to our list of tools available to our patrons.

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 more than 600,000 words, past and present, from across the English-speaking world.

As a historical dictionary, the OED focuses not only on the meanings of the word, but also on the history of the word, and how it’s meaning has changed over time. The OED traces the history of the English language through 3 million quotations, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to films scripts and cookery books.

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