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Information About: Oxford English Dictionary (OED)

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Subjects: English, language, linguistics

Description: The Oxford English Dictionary is a historical dictionary of English, covering the language from the earliest times to the present day. It aims to show not only the current meanings of words, but also to trace their development through time. Entries contain detailed etymological analysis, and are illustrated by quotations from a wide range of English language sources from around the world, making the OED a unique historical record.

The varieties of English covered include British English, American English, Australian English, New Zealand English, the Englishes of the Indian subcontinent, Southern Africa, and the Caribbean, among others.

This database contains the complete text of the OED 2nd edition and some material from the ongoing 3rd edition. The software enables searching by word, quotation, full-text, and other fields.

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