Oxford English Dictionary

A dictionary guide to the past and present meanings of words, with pronunciation and examples of historical usage. Explore individual words or phrases used for a particular concept or meaning over time. Includes the modern spelling of a word and when that word first entered the English language.

Use this resource to answer questions like:

  • When was the word "dumb" first used?
  • Is "déjà vu" French? What does it mean?
  • Is "eyeball" a word Shakespeare invented?