Welcome to the OED Online tour. The Oxford English Dictionary is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the history and meaning of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world.
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Welcome to the OED Online tour
The Oxford English Dictionary is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the history and meaning of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world. The new OED Online lets you explore every aspect of the history of English… …and the people, societies, and cultures that created it.
In this tour…. • Getting started • Searching the OED • Exploring an entry • The Historical Thesaurus • Categories • Timelines • Sources
The home page gives quick access to all the main OED Online functions... Create a personal ‘My OED’ account... …type a word or phrase in the ‘Quick search’ box to look up dictionary entries… …or use the ‘Browse’ links to explore different pathways through the English language.
…to keep a permanent store of favourite entries and searches... …and to manage site preferences.
Within the site, the ‘Quick search’ box is in the top bar… ‘My entries’ and ‘My searches’ keep track of your recent activity in OED Online… …and the ‘Browse’ links are in the top right corner.
The results list all the dictionary entries that match your search term… …and links to everyoccurrence of the term in OED definitions, quotations, etc. Click a result to view the full entry...
…search by entries, senses, or quotations… …search for words and phrases anywhere in the OED text… …or use filters to study particular periods, subject areas, etc.
…or you can view your results as a timeline. A results set can be refined by subject, date, etc…
There are dozens of things you can do with OED entries… …customize the way the entry is displayed…
…click a quotation title to see full details of the text… …or to see more of this author or work in the OED.
Click ‘About this entry’… ‘In this entry’ gives quick access to every term covered in the current entry.
Save the entry to ‘My OED’… …email to a friend… …download citation details… …or browse neighbouring entries.
4. The Historical Thesaurus
With the Historical Thesaurus, OED Online provides powerful new ways to explore language, history, and culture...
Each dictionary sense is connected to its semantic class in the thesaurus…
…and a link to the thesaurus itself. …with direct links to equivalent terms elsewhere in the OED…
Within the thesaurus, all the terms in a class are listed in chronological order… …so you can trace the development of a concept over time. The tree on the left shows the location of this class in the thesaurus taxonomy… …you can browse the tree to explore related concepts.
From the thesaurus home page, you can browse the tree from the top levels downwards… …or search directly for a term.
Results show each class in which the search term occurs… …select a result to view the class in full…
Click any term to go directly to the corresponding sense in the dictionary.
‘Categories’ lets you explore the English language… …by subject area… …types of language use… …English around the world… Select a category… …or the roots of English.