Concise Oxford Dictionary

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Grunge, nip and tuck, pesto, and chill out—these are but a sampling of the over nine thousand new words and phrases to be found in The Concise Oxford Dictionary, Ninth Edition. This new and updated edition of Oxford's best selling single-volume dictionary brings together the latest and most comprehensive research in current English, based on the massive and constantly expanding database of the Oxford English Dictionary. Containing over 150,000 entries and 230,000 definitions, the Concise boasts up to 25% more ...

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Overview

Grunge, nip and tuck, pesto, and chill out—these are but a sampling of the over nine thousand new words and phrases to be found in The Concise Oxford Dictionary, Ninth Edition. This new and updated edition of Oxford's best selling single-volume dictionary brings together the latest and most comprehensive research in current English, based on the massive and constantly expanding database of the Oxford English Dictionary. Containing over 150,000 entries and 230,000 definitions, the Concise boasts up to 25% more content than the previous edition to give users the tools they need to stay current with our ever-changing language. Each entry is written in a clear, straightforward style to facilitate ease of use.
New features of the ninth edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary include:

· Over 25% new material

· Over 9,000 new words and phrases

· 150,000 entries and 230,000 definitions

· The most up-to-date spellings, with improved coverage of meaning, usage and coverage based on a computer 'snapshot' of today's language

· Over 300 new boxed usage notes with guidance on good English by a team of expert lexicographers

· New, clearer etymologies with extensive coverage of idioms, phrases, and abbreviations

· Improved coverage of scientific and technical terms including the new fields of environmental studies and information services

· New words and phrases including: pan-fry, post-traumatic stress, body wrap, multiculturalism, Cajun, heli-skiing, and thousands more

· New, more up-to-date pronunciation system, representing today's received pronunciation

· Thorough international coverage, making the Concise a bestseller worldwide
The Concise Oxford Dictionary, Ninth Edition, a standard within its field, is the definitive resource for scholars, professionals, and general readers alike.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Based on the British National Corpus (a database of more than 100 million words) and Oxford University Press data files, this new edition continues the tradition of providing a descriptive "snapshot" approach to language, with 230,000 prose-style definitions for 150,000 entries. This is 25 percent more material than the eighth edition: 7,000 new words and phrases, more than 300 new boxed usage notes, and more entries from North America. As with the last edition, prefatory material includes an introductory essay that surveys English over the past 15 centuries and a usage guide. The same format is employed within definitions (IPA pronunciation, American spelling, some illustrative examples, adjectival and inflected forms, parts of speech and usage labels, cross-references to comparison words, and etymologies for some words) Different from the eighth edition is a "denesting" policy that reduces the number of phrases and idioms nested within definitions; many of these now constitute headwords rather than parts of other definitions (i.e., "Bible bashing", "Bible belt", and "Bible oath" are now headwords rather than definitions within the entry "Bible"). Also new are many terms (e.g., "cyberspace", "Internet", "ecotourism", "multiculturalism"), updated pronunciations for many words, and more attention to North American words and phrases. As with the eighth edition, there are no geographic names, biographical names, or illustrations. Appendixes include countries of the world (with currency units); books of the Bible; Greek, Russian, and Roman alphabets; chemical elements; major divisions of geologic time; the Beaufort scale of wind speed; a biological classification scheme; a style guide; a chart of Indo-European languages; terms for groups; and an index to these supplements The ninth edition of "The Concise Oxford Dictionary" is different enough from the eighth to merit purchase. "The Concise Oxford" will not be a first stop for Americans, but its focus on international English, its currency, and its descriptive approach make it an excellent complement to major American-English desk dictionaries. Public and academic libraries should purchase.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198613305
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 1

Meet the Author

About the Editor:
Della Thompson is the Managing Editor of the Concise Oxford Dictionary Group, and also editor of the Pocket Oxford Dictionary and co-editor of the Pocket Oxford Russian Dictionary.

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