The New Oxford American Dictionary sets the standard of excellence for lexicography in this country, offering comprehensive, authoritative, and richly descriptive coverage of current American English. With 350,000 entries and definitions, NOAD has been the flagship American dictionary of Oxford University Press since publication of the first edition in 2001.
The Third Edition will feature a thoroughly updated text, with revisions based on the latest tools for analysis and the two-billion-word Oxford English Corpus. Approximately 2,000 new words, phrases and meanings have been newly added, including many related to technology, current affairs, and ecology, as well as words that have recently entered the popular lexicon. Words in the current edition have been revised to include new uses. Usage notes have also been thoroughly revised in light of the most recent Corpus evidence.
The text design has been updated to have a more modern look in which most elements (etymologies, phrase sections, etc.) start a new line rather than running on, making each entry easier to read and entire pages easier to navigate. In addition, a new feature on Word Trends illuminates the stories behind those everyday words that have moved fastest and farthest in recent decades.
Entries are organized around core meanings, reflecting the way people think about words and eliminating the clutter and confusion of a traditional dictionary entry. Each entry plainly shows the major meaning(s) of the word, plus any related senses, arranged in intuitive constellations of connected meanings and supplemented by illustrative, in-context usage examples. This is just one of many features that distinguish NOAD from other American dictionaries; others include an easy-to-use respelling pronunciation method, technical notes on scientific areas, and encyclopedic information for selected proper names.
The New Oxford American Dictionary Third Edition continues the tradition of scholarly and lexicographic excellence that has long been the hallmark of Oxford dictionaries. It is an essential resource for everyone who speaks and uses American English.
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Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the First Edition
How to Use This Dictionary
Key to the Pronunciations
Key to the Abbreviations
The New Oxford American Dictionary
Ready Reference (in center)
Illustration Credits (at back)