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Concise Oxford English Dictionary: Luxury Edition, 11th edition, revised 2009 [Hardcover]

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9 July 2009 0199558450 978-0199558452 Updated Edition
The Concise Oxford English Dictionary is a world-famous bestseller, chosen by thousands of users for its up-to-date and authoritative coverage of the English language. It contains over 240,000 words, phrases, and definitions, providing meanings for everyday words including scientific and technical vocabulary, as well as English from around the world. This revised edition of the dictionary has been updated with hundreds of new words and phrases drawn from ongoing language research of the Oxford Reading Programme and the Oxford English Corpus. This edition also features a new centre section, with quick-reference word lists (containing, for example, lists of Unusual Words, and Onomatopoeic Words), and a revised and updated English Uncovered supplement, which presents interesting facts about the English language. The revised edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary also retains such popular features as the Word Histories and Usage Notes that can be found throughout the A-Z text of the dictionary. This luxury edition includes thumb indexes and a page ribbon to mark your place, and is beautifully presented with printed endpapers and coloured head and tailbands. A convenient reference for the home, office, and school, it is also an ideal gift for friends or family. The dictionary includes 12 months' access* to Oxford's premium online dictionary and thesaurus service, Oxford Dictionaries Online, updated regularly with the latest developments to words and meanings, so you will have the most accurate picture of English available. Find out more about our living language using Oxford Dictionaries Online. Hear how words are spoken with thousands of audio pronunciations, and access over 1.9 million real English example sentences to see how words are used in context. Improve your confidence in writing with helpful grammar and punctuation guides, full thesaurus information, style and usage help, and much more. *Available in selected markets (UK, Europe, Australia, Canada, and South Africa). Terms and conditions apply; please see for information.

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  • Hardcover: 1728 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Updated Edition edition (9 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199558450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199558452
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16.4 x 6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 254,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This mini-edition of a giant known as the OED claims to pack the authority of the original into a handy size ideal for use in schools, offices, and at home."--Library Journal

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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the best dictionary ever. 2 Nov 2010
By Scotty
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I've had several dictionaries and they've all been kind of iffy, to say the least!The others have had words missing here and there so frustration has been a common word. This one has them all. I'm a writer as well as a newsletter-editor so this dictionary is a must for me, as it should be for you too. I shopped around and Amazon was the best for this, making it a good deal, including free delivery. What a bargain.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Its what it is 15 Nov 2009
A Good Family Dictionary, rather than an everyday at the office type dictionary.

Take off the ugly dust cover and have it on the coffee table for everyone to use.

Clear and easy to use. The Thumb holes are ok, but rest in the middle of the letter rather than at the beginning - these arn't that well cut either and feel rough. For the price i would have expected a better 'finish' . That said, it was a present for my Mom who does a lot of quizzes and stuff and was well received.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise Oxford English Dictionary 11 April 2010
I bought this dictionary because my mini dictionary was not doing its job and I'm very happy with my buy. Every word I have looked up whilst writing my dissertation, the dictionary has provided adequate result. So 5stars all the way.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Concise Oxford English Dictionary: Luxury Edition, 11th edition, revised 2009

I bought this dictionary for my son, a budding writer, for Christmas. I was so impressed... I bought one for myself! As a student studying at degree level I have found this book invaluable. I particularly love the thumb index for easy reference and the Appendices make an interesting read in themselves. Treat yourself, if you are going to buy a dictionary, buy this one. You will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The word bank 7 Mar 2011
By Eric G
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Wonderful value for money with clear type and excellent delivery. Since receipt the Telegraph Quick Crossword has never been done quicker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely little-big dictionary 28 Feb 2011
By virgo47
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Came wrapped in a foil as expected for "Luxury edition". It has nice carve-outs for stickers with letters - one of mine was pasted a page sooner, but it's easy to fix it without tearing the page. I love the dictionary itself - I doubt I'll ever find a word in normal prose books I can't find in it (which happened with my bilingual dictionary of course). Dictionary is not primarily for non-native speakers, because it lacks most of the pronunciations, but that should have been expected, so no points down here. Explanations are nice and indeed concise, usage boxes are used quite often and there are some apendices about the language and words with some interesting information. All in all, I love this dictionary, especially for the price it was offered here. With packing and delivery it came to Slovakia under the price stated on the back of the book.

(If you need some lighter everyday dictionary then there is smaller paperback Oxford dictionary/thesaurus, I can fully recommend that as well in addition to this one. With thesaurus you have not only smaller version, but also bonus "function" too.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars good spelling. lousy story. 30 Dec 2010
By mike
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don't bother to look at anything else, this is the one you need, and at a very good price too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does exactly what it says on the tin 27 Feb 2011
Clear, nice size text. Thumb indents make pages easy to find. Good buy for the price which was cheaper than in high street stores.
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