Oxford Dictionary of English
A copy of the First Edition of NODE
CountryUnited Kingdom
Release number
Published1 August 2010
PublisherOxford University Press
Preceded bySecond Edition 

The Oxford Dictionary of English (ODE) is a single-volume English dictionary published by Oxford University Press, first published in 1998 as The New Oxford Dictionary of English (NODE). The word "new" was dropped from the title with the Second Edition in 2003.[1] The dictionary is not based on the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) – it is a separate dictionary which strives to represent faithfully the current usage of English words. The Revised Second Edition contains 355,000 words, phrases, and definitions, including biographical references and thousands of encyclopaedic entries. The Third Edition was published in August 2010, with some new words, including "vuvuzela".

It is currently the largest single-volume English-language dictionary published by Oxford University Press, but is much smaller than the comprehensive Oxford English Dictionary, which is published in multiple volumes.

Editorial principles and practices

The first editor, Judy Pearsall, wrote in the introduction that it is based on a modern understanding of language and is derived from a corpus of contemporary English usage. For example, the editors did not discourage split infinitives, but instead justified their use in some contexts. The first edition was based on bodies of texts such as the British National Corpus and the citation database of the Oxford Reading Programme.[citation needed]

The dictionary "views the language from the perspective that English is a world language", and includes coverage of English usage from the United States to the Caribbean and New Zealand.[citation needed]

Pronunciations of common, everyday words were omitted.[2] The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is used to present pronunciations, which are based on Received Pronunciation.[citation needed]

The Second Edition added over 3,000 new words, senses and phrases drawn from the Oxford English Corpus.[1]

The New Oxford American Dictionary is the American version of the Oxford Dictionary of English, with substantial editing and uses a diacritical respelling scheme rather than the IPA system.[citation needed]

The third editions of both texts were published in 2010, and form the basis of the ongoing electronic versions of the dictionaries.[citation needed] Both are edited by Angus Stevenson, who contributed to the first edition of the Oxford Dictionary of English.[citation needed]


Oxford University Press dictionaries at W.H. Smith, London.

The New Oxford Dictionary of English

New Oxford Dictionary of English

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Oxford Dictionaries of English and Concise Oxford Thesaurus

It is a compilation that includes Oxford Dictionaries of English and Concise Oxford Thesaurus.

Oxford Dictionaries Quick Search

It is a dictionary app based on contents from Oxford Dictionary of English and New Oxford American Dictionary.[8]

Oxford Thesaurus of English

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  1. ^ a b c Hughes, H.G.A. (2004). "Oxford Dictionary of English (2nd edition)". Reference Reviews. 18 (4): 36–37. doi:10.1108/09504120410535407.
  2. ^ "Generally speaking, native speakers of English do not need information about the pronunciation of ordinary, everyday words....For this reason, no pronunciations are given for such words (or their compounds or derivatives)....the principle followed is that pronunciations are given where they are likely to cause problems for the native speaker of English", The New Oxford Dictionary of English, Oxford University Press, 1998, ed. Judy Pearsall et al, Introduction, p xvii.
  3. ^ a b c Stevenson, Angus (20 August 2010). "Dictionary attack!". OxfordWords blog. Oxford University Press. Archived from the original on 14 January 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  4. ^ Stevenson, Angus, ed. (2010). Oxford Dictionary of English (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. p. vii.
  5. ^ Harrison, Emma (19 June 2014). "Oxford dictionaries: Demise of the printed editions?". BBC News. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Oxford Dictionaries content help". Oxford Dictionaries Online. Oxford University Press. Archived from the original on 22 January 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  7. ^ "About Oxforddictionaries.com - Oxford Dictionaries". Archived from the original on 17 December 2011.
  8. ^ Oxford Dictionaries Quick Search app