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OED - Oxford English Dictionary Online
The Oxford English Dictionary
600,000 words … 3 million quotations … over 1000 years of English
The OED is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of past and present words from across the English-speaking world. Browse or search this incredibly rich resource.
This online version contains two separate texts: the complete Second Edition and the New Edition in progress.
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