Synopses & Reviews
An American dictionary--in the Oxford tradition. Produced by Oxford's U.S. Dictionaries Program, and drawing on the expertise of scores of American scholars and advisors, The New Oxford American Dictionary
sets the standard of excellence for lexicography in this country.
Here is the most accurate and richly descriptive picture of American English ever offered in any dictionary. Oxford's American editors drew on our 200-million-word databank of contemporary North American English, plus the unrivaled citation files of the world-renowned Oxford English Dictionary. We started with American evidence--an unparalleled resource unique to Oxford. Our staff logged more than 50 editor-years, checking every entry and every definition. Oxford's ongoing North American Reading Program, begun in the early 1980s, keeps our lexicographers in touch with fresh evidence of our language and usage--in novels and newspapers, in public records and magazines.
To provide unprecedented clarity, the entries are organized around core meanings, eliminating clutter and confusion, especially in longer entries. Rather than a litany of numbered senses, the structure of each entry plainly shows the major meaning or meanings of the word, plus any related senses, supplemented by illustrative, in-context examples of actual usage. In short, The New Oxford American Dictionary is designed to serve the user clearly, simply, and quickly, with a full measure of information value and precise guidance.
Truly a revolution in the art and craft of dictionary-making, The New Oxford American Dictionary provides the in-depth and up-to-date coverage that all users need and expect--for reading and study, for technical terms, for language guidance. It continues the tradition of scholarship and lexicographic excellence that are the hallmarks of every Oxford dictionary.
"This new dictionary offers an atypical layout and a new approach to presenting definitions and meanings....With its unique approach to language, this is easy to use and provides clear, well-written definitions. Recommended for most libraries."--Library Journal "Utilizing the latest techniques for analyzing word usage and meaning, the editors have compiled more than 250,000 definitions and 9000 biographical and geographical entries in an accessible resource with a distinctly American voice....An understated presentation exuding precision ands authority, it is an essential tool."--School Library Journal [STARRED REVIEW]
"The gold standard of American dictionaries."--Providence Journal "The words in NOAD are taken from the 200-million-word databank of the North American Reading Program of Oxford University Press and the files of the Oxford English Dictionary. ....The definitions are clear and descriptive but still provide technical information when necessary."--Booklist
"Oxford's new dictionary not only examines modern American english vocabulary and usage, but presents a new model of how dictionaries may be written....A well-designed dictionarry, recommended for all libraries."--Choice
Produced by Oxford's US Dictionaries Program, and drawing on the guidance of American scholars and advisors, this dictionary offers a descriptive picture of American English. Oxford's American editors drew on a 200-million-word databank of contemporary North American English.