Oxford English Dictionary (OED)
Alternate Titles: OED
As a historical dictionary, the OED is very different from those of current English, in which the focus is on present-day meanings. Youll still find these in the OED, but youll also find the history of individual words, and of the languagetraced through 3 million quotations, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to films scripts and cookery books.
The Historical Thesaurus of the OED is now fully incorporated into OED Online. The Historical Thesaurus of the OED arranges the dictionary by meaning. Trace the changing language of the material world, the mind, and society, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the modern day
Today, the dictionary is in the process of its first major revision. For more information, see Oxford English Dictionary Today
Need additional help using this resource? Contact this resource's subject librarian.
Access open only to UBC students, faculty, staff and on-site Library users (other restrictions may apply)