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Oxford Languages Word of the Year 2020

2020 has been anything but ordinary, and this is a year which cannot be neatly accommodated into one single word. Download our Words of an Unprecedented Year report for the full story.


September 2021 update


Our latest update: over 1,650 new words, sub-entries, and revisions have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary in our latest update, including anti-vaxxer, Dutch baby, and bants.

New words notes: learn more about the words added to the OED this quarter in our new word notes by OED Executive Editor, Jonathan Dent.
Revision notes: read all about our revision of witch in our blog post by OED Senior Editor, Matthew Bladen

Release notes: find out more about the latest updates to the Historical Thesaurus of the OED in this post by OED Executive Editor, Kate Wild.

Release notes: learn about the latest words of Korean origin to be added to the OED in these release notes by OED World English Editor, Danica Salazar.

Release notes: read more about Caribbean English in the OED in this blog post, also by Danica Salazar.

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fairy bells, n.


Any of various plants having somewhat bell-shaped flowers, as the f...

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