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Concise Oxford English Dictionary
Original titleThe Concise Oxford Dictionary
CountryUnited Kingdom
Release number
12th edition
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication date
18 August 2011
Preceded by11th edition 

The Concise Oxford English Dictionary (officially titled The Concise Oxford Dictionary until 2002, and widely abbreviated COD or COED) is one of the best-known of the 'smaller' Oxford dictionaries. The latest edition contains over 240,000 entries and 1,728 pages ("concise" compared to the OED at over 21,000 pages). Its 12th edition, published in 2011, is used by both the United Nations (UN) and NATO as the current authority for spellings in documents in English for international use.[1][2] It is available as an e-book for a variety of handheld device platforms.[citation needed] In addition to providing information for general use, it documents local variations such as United States and United Kingdom usage.

It was started as a derivative of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), although section S–Z had to be written before the Oxford English Dictionary reached that stage. However, starting from the 10th edition, it is based on the Oxford Dictionary of English (ODE) rather than the OED.[citation needed] The most recent edition is the 12th, published in 2011.


English dictionaries

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English

The Concise Oxford English Dictionary

This edition was to be the last Concise Oxford Dictionary to be used on Countdown, as contestant Helen Wrigglesworth[3] declared ROADSIDE[4] and it was declared illegal. After further inspection from Mark Nyman, the dictionary was found to not have any compound words in it,[5] and was thus abandoned and the show reverted to the 9th edition.[6] The show switched to New Oxford Dictionary of English in series 43.

Concise Oxford English Dictionary

Concise Oxford American Dictionary

Contents are derived from New Oxford American Dictionary.

Concise Oxford American Thesaurus

Concise Oxford American Dictionary and Thesaurus

It is a compilation of both Concise Oxford American Dictionary and Concise Oxford American Thesaurus.

Australian Concise Oxford Dictionary

Australian Concise Oxford Dictionary contains entries from contemporary Australian and international English. Edited by Bruce Moore, it incorporates entries from Oxford English Dictionary, Concise Oxford Dictionary, and the Australian National Dictionary.

Oxford South African Concise Dictionary

English-Arabic dictionaries

Concise Oxford English-Arabic Dictionary of Current Usage

English-Chinese dictionaries

Concise Oxford English-Chinese Dictionary

Concise Oxford English-Chinese Dictionary (牛津現代英漢雙解大詞典/牛津现代英汉双解大词典) is published by Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press in China.[citation needed] Online version became available in 2011.[8]

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Warmth Concise Oxford English-Chinese Dictionary

Warmth Concise Oxford English-Chinese Dictionary (牛津現代簡明英漢雙解辭典) is published by warmth Co/Warmth Publishing Group in Taiwan.

Oxford Concise English-Chinese Chinese-English Dictionary

It is a two-way dictionary. Chinese translations are in simplified Chinese, with traditional Chinese used in comments. Chinese pronunciation is in Mandarin.

Concise English-Chinese Chinese-English Dictionary

It is a version of Oxford Concise English-Chinese Chinese-English Dictionary published by The Commercial Press. Publication deal between Oxford University Press and The Commercial Press was approved in 1983.[9]

English-French dictionaries

Concise Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary

English-German dictionaries

English-German dictionaries are two-way dictionaries published in association with Duden.

The Concise Oxford-Duden German Dictionary

Pop-up Concise Oxford-Duden German Dictionary

It is an electronic version of Concise Oxford-Duden German Dictionary.

Concise Oxford Duden German Dictionary

Concise Oxford German Dictionary

English-Italian dictionaries

Concise Oxford Paravia Italian Dictionary

It is a two-way dictionary.

English-Spanish dictionaries

Concise Oxford Spanish Dictionary

It is a two-way dictionary.

See also

Notes and references

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