The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world. The OED is available at the Doherty Library and right on your computer as an electronic resource. Use the link below to access the resource and your Celt Identification to log-in (the same information you use for MYSTTHOM).
As a historical dictionary, the OED is very different from dictionaries of current English, in which the focus is on present-day meanings. You will still find present-day meanings in the OED, but you will also find the history of individual words, and of the language—traced through 3 million quotations, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books.
Stop by the Doherty Library for an in-depth explanation from one of our librarians.