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Who should use this database?


Those seeking etymological analysis, listings of variant spellings, and pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet, of words across the English-speaking world.


What kinds of materials are referenced in the database?


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


What years does the database cover?


It traces the development of English from approximately 1150 AD up to the present day.