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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. As the OED is a historical dictionary, its entry structure is very different from that of a dictionary of current English, in which the focus is on present-day meanings. For each word in the OED, the various groupings of senses are dealt with in chronological order according to the quotation evidence, i.e. the senses with the earliest quotations appear first, and the senses which have developed more recently appear further down the entry. The Historical Thesaurus is a taxonomic arrangement of the contents of the OED.
Publisher Oxford University Press
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