The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is the preeminent resource on the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over 600,000 words in the English language.
The Bailey/Howe has the the 20 volume print edition of the OED (PE1625 .O87 1989 Reference) and the regularly updated electronic version of the OED.
The electronic version has additional features not available in the print edition, such as:
- A list of the 1,000 sources or people most frequently cited in quotes within the dictionary
- A historical thesaurus that provides a “semantic index” to the words included in the dictionary
- A browse by category feature that lets you see words from a particular region of the world, language group, and more
Lastly, the electronic version of the OED provides downloadable search tools that make it easy for you to add an OED search box to your browser’s toolbar or include a full OED search box on your web page.
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