1. an unabridged dictionary constructed on historical principles
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How To Use O.E.D. In A Sentence

  • Dude" may have been made up "factitiously" (I'd like to know the dude who did it), but according to the O.E.D., it first came into vogue in New York about 1883, in connection with what the O.E.D. calls "the 'aesthetic craze' of the day. Dude, Where's My Dude ? Dudelicious Dissection, From Sontag to Spicoli
  • The O.E.D. found cleavage to have made its appearance in 1816 about the mechanical division of crystals “sometimes called cleavage by lapidaries” cutters of gems, nothing to do with lap-dancing. Archive 2007-08-01
  • Language is a living organism, and the O.E.D.'s help in understanding how we speak this instant is important.
  • Any traveler knows that in France an auberge is an inn, but we are told in the O.E.D., on the alleged authority of the great French lexicographer, Littré, that in this fruity and enigmatic case, "auberge" is a variant of "alberge," a word for peach. VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol II No 4
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