Posted: Friday 1st November 2019
...are you looking for the definition of a word?
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world. So is great for students! Try the quick search on the front page for a definition of a word.
As a member of Hertfordshire Libraries you are entitled to use this resource for free, all need to do is log on with hertsb and your library card number - www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/orlib
The OED contains present-day meanings of words, but you’ll also find the history of individual words, and of the language—traced through 3 million quotations, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books.
The OED started life more than 150 years ago. Today, the dictionary is in the process of its first major revision. Updates revise and extend the OED at regular intervals, each time subtly adjusting our image of the English language. Whether by sudden invention or unhurried evolution, words come into the English language in all manner of ways. The Oxford English Dictionary’s mission is to record all of these word stories, capturing their development as they continue to unfold.
If you click on the link on the front page in Helpful resources for teachers and students For students and teachers you’ll find all; sorts of useful information including using the OED in assignments.