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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Providing the most thorough coverage of American English, the third edition of this dictionary from Oxford is a welcome arrival. With an emphasis on English as an international language, the dictionary has been updated with 2000 new words, senses, and phrases, including words whose meanings have undergone societal and technological change, such as bookmark, browse, and favorite. Updated proper names are also included (Mumbai instead of Bombay), as are entries for informal language and slang. The Oxford English Corpus with its two-million-word database has been fruitfully mined to offer a greater number of words currently in use than in any other comparable dictionary. Unlike the traditional arrangement of definitions by historical usage, this dictionary arranges definitions by most current usage and provides additional guidance in usage notes. Although U.S. English is the focus here, regionalisms from other English-speaking areas are also included. More than 1000 illustrations (e.g., photos, drawings, diagrams) clarify definitions. To construct this tome, a wide variety of subject consultants shared their expertise with Oxford's able staff. BOTTOM LINE A labor of love and an unparalleled gift to writers and readers worldwide, the New Oxford American Dictionary should be on the reference shelves of every library.—Marilyn Searson Lary, formerly with North Georgia Coll. & State Univ., Dahlonega