The Oxford Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases

The Oxford Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases

by Jennifer Speake
     
 

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Covering over 8,000 foreign words and phrases that are in regular use in English today, this updated and revised edition is a superb reference for anyone seeking a user-friendly guide to often complicated foreign terms and sayings. Readers will find clear definitions of words—such as "fandango," "bistro," and "nouvelle

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Covering over 8,000 foreign words and phrases that are in regular use in English today, this updated and revised edition is a superb reference for anyone seeking a user-friendly guide to often complicated foreign terms and sayings. Readers will find clear definitions of words—such as "fandango," "bistro," and "nouvelle cuisine"—and many other words found in everyday speech, as well as in musical direction, the arts, food, medicine, science, literature, and belles-lettres. As one would expect in a language as global as English, the Dictionary draws words from a wide array of languages including Afrikaans, Greek, Hebrew, Hindustani, Russian, and Turkish. The entries are authoritative yet accessible, with detailed information on each word or phrase, including any alternative spellings, the date of the word's introduction into English, its language of origin and original spelling, its definition, and notes on usage and other points of interest.

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Covers some 8,000 foreign words and phrases from a wide array of languages, including Afrikaans, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindustani, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Turkish. Definitions include alternative spellings, the date of the word's introduction into English, its language of origin and original spelling, and notes on usage and other points of interest. Often, quotations are used to illustrate how the words are used in context. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
From the Publisher
"There are a number of foreign word and phrase dictionaries on the market, but Oxford's was compiled to keep up with the times....there are 8,000 words and phrases from more than 40 languages to expand one's comprehension and broaden one's vocabulary."—Iamazon.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192801128
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/01/1900
Series:
Oxford Paperback Reference Series
Pages:
526
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 4.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Speake is an experienced editor of reference books, including The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs (with John Simpson).

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