The Oxford Dictionary of English
(formerly The New Oxford Dictionary of English
, often abbreviated to NODE) is a single-volume English language dictionary
first published in 1998 by Oxford University Press
. This dictionary is not based on the Oxford English Dictionary
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
The latest edition (2005) contains 355,000 words, phrases, and definitions, including biographical references. It is at present the largest single-volume English-language dictionary published by Oxford.
First edition (1998)
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. A more unusual decision was to omit pronunciations of common, everyday words, contrary to the practice of most large dictionaries.
- The New Oxford Dictionary of English, Oxford University Press, 2001. ISBN 0-19-860441-6
- Oxford Dictionary of English, Oxford University Press, 2003. ISBN 0-19-861347-4, ISBN 978-0-19-861347-3.
- Oxford Dictionary of English, Revised Edition, Oxford University Press, C. Soanes and A. Stevenson, ISBN 0-19-861057-2, ISBN 978-0-19-861057-1, Publication date: 11 August 2005, hard cover, 270 × 208 mm.