The New Oxford Dictionary of English

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This is a bibliography page, concerning a work to which reference is made elsewhere in this guide.

Pearsall, J. E. (1998), The New Oxford Dictionary of English, Oxford, Clarendon Press

In the second edition (2003), the name was changed to the Oxford Dictionary of English, by which name (or its abbreviation ODE) it tends to be known in AWE.

Do not confuse the New Oxford Dictionary of English (NODE) with the first name for what is now known as the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), which was known as NED (for The New English Dictionary) until 1933. NODE is a single volume dictionary "of current English". NED was, as OED still is, a multi-volume dictionary "on historical principles", of which the current (third) edition is on-line, and will probably never be printed. If you are studying such subjects as linguistics, English literature or history at university level, OED (or NED, although you are more likely to find the more up-to-date OED in academic libraries) may be invaluable to you. If you are studying most other subjects, and only want quick but advanced help with words in everyday modern English, then ODE (or NODE) is likely to be much more useful.