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. This dictionary is not based on the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and should not be mistaken for a new or updated version of the OED. It is a completely new dictionary which strives to represent as faithfully as possible 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.
The dictionary "views the language from the perspective that English is a world language". A network of consultants provide extensive coverage of English usage from the United States to the Caribbean and New Zealand.
The third editions of both texts were published in 2010, and form the basis of the ongoing electronic versions of the dictionaries. Both are edited by Angus Stevenson, who contributed to the first edition of the Oxford Dictionary of English.
Oxford University Press dictionaries at W.H. Smith, London.
The New Oxford Dictionary of English
First edition: 350,000 entries (including 12,000 encyclopaedic entries and 52,000 scientific and technical words). CD-ROM supports Windows 95/NT and above. CD-ROM produced by Versaware. CD-ROM includes links to Versaware.
Third edition: The Third Edition is available online via Oxford Dictionaries Online, as well as in print. The online version is updated every three months. Oxford Dictionaries Online also includes the New Oxford American Dictionary, Oxford Thesaurus of English, Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus and grammar and usage resources. The online version added more than 80,000 words from the OED in August 2015. Includes nearly 100,000 headwords, with 11,000 proper names, over 350,000 words and phrases and definitions, 11,000 encyclopaedic entries, 68,000 explanations.
^"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.
^ abcStevenson, Angus (20 August 2010). "Dictionary attack!". OxfordWords blog. Oxford University Press. Archived from the original on 14 January 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
^Stevenson, Angus, ed. (2010). Oxford Dictionary of English (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. p. vii.
Oxford Dictionary of English, Revised Edition, Oxford University Press, C. Soanes and A. Stevenson, ISBN0-19-861057-2, ISBN978-0-19-861057-1, Publication date: 11 August 2005, hard cover, 270 × 208 mm.