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  • American Heritage Dictionary
    Find the definition, hear the word, and get synonyms!
  • Merriam-Webster's Collegiate(R) Dictionary
    Essential English vocabulary with more than 60,000 entries. Click on DICTIONARY, at the top of the page!
  • New Dictionary of the History of Ideas, 2005
    A six-volume survey of the history of Western thought and culture, presented through 700 alphabetically arranged entries. Each entry explores the origin, cultural interpretations, and historical themes of such subjects as beauty, love, feminism, diversity, and social capital, among many others. For students and general readers.
  • OED - Oxford English Dictionary Online
    Your guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of more than 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world.

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Unlike the print edition, the online edition is updated quarterly (March, June, September, December). With each quarterly update, Oxford provides an index of the most recent additions to the OED Online. A Google search for "OED new words" will provide links to the most recent lists of additions.


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