Oxford Dictionaries

We are pleased to announce that Coventry Libraries and Information Service now provides access to Oxford Dictionaries Premium, a current English dictionary, grammar, and practical writing resource.

With up-to-date online dictionaries, thesauruses, and language reference content based on the largest language research program in the world, Oxford Dictionaries Premium is an extensive, integrated, smart-linked language resource. It offers quick-search access to definitions of words, phrases, and idioms, with expect guidance on style, usage, grammar, and spelling; plus specialist guides for legal and technical writing.

Oxford Dictionaries Premium provides access to more than 350,000 modern English definitions and entries, 600,000 synonyms and antonyms, and a vast bank of over 1.9 million real English example sentences showing words as they are used in today’s English. With a comprehensive writing skills section, a vocabulary builder, and fully searchable versions of US Hart’s Rules, Garner’s Modern American Usage, and Pocket Fowler’s Modern English Usage, Oxford Dictionaries Premium offers expert guidance for all levels of English users, from learners to linguists.

User benefits

  • More than 350,000 entries and definitions and 600,000 synonyms and antonyms
  • Audio pronunciations in both US and British English
  • Updated four times a year with the most current meanings and the least words
  • Searchable complete versions of US Hart’s Rules, Garner’s Modern American Usage, and Pocket Fowler’s Modern English Usage
  • Specialist dictionaries for writers and editors including the New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors and Garner’s Dictionary of Legal Usage
  • Advanced search options to explore the dictionary by meaning, people and places, subject, region, usage, and word class

“With this database, Oxford has established the template upon which future online dictionaries will be compared … Highly recommended for all libraries, writers, and word lovers.” - Booklist

You can use Oxford Dictionaries for free as part of your library membership. Not a member? Join the library.

How to use Oxford Dictionaries 

Use Oxford Dictionaries online via the website

  • Go to Oxford Dictionaries
  • You will need your library card number (the 14-digit number on the back of your library card)


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