Lexico is a website owned by Dictionary.com, LLC that provides dictionary definitions of English and Spanish provided by Oxford University Press (OUP) free of charge.[1] Launched in June 2019, the website succeeds some of the free content of OUP's website Oxford Dictionaries Online (later known as Oxford Living Dictionaries), which was hosted under oxforddictionaries.com. As of June 2014, it was updated every three months.[2]

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Type of site
Available in
  • English
  • Spanish
Created by
Launched10 June 2019; 7 days ago (2019-06-10)

Oxford Dictionaries Online was launched in 2010.[3] The third edition of the Oxford Dictionary of English, also published in 2010, included a one-year subscription to the website's subscription content.[4] The website's English dictionaries incorporated content of the Oxford Dictionary of English, New Oxford American Dictionary, Oxford Thesaurus of English, and Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus. It also provided a Spanish monolingual dictionary and bilingual dictionaries between English and several languages.[5]

In 2014, OUP launched Oxford Global Languages, an initiative to build lexical resources (bilingual dictionaries) of the world's languages, with Zulu and Northern Sotho online dictionaries released in 2015.[6] In 2016, the free content of Oxford Dictionaries Online was rebranded as Oxford Living Dictionaries, and the subscription content was moved to a different subdomain, premium.oxforddictionaries.com.[7] In June 2019, the free-of-charge monolingual dictionaries of English and Spanish were moved to Lexico.com, a collaboration between OUP and Dictionary.com. The Oxford Living Dictionaries in other languages and the subscription content of Oxford Dictionaries are still offered under oxforddictionaries.com. The offer of the US English dictionary on Oxford Living Dictionaries was completely terminated, as Lexico only hosts UK English and Spanish dictionaries.[1] "Lexico" was itself a brand of the owner company of Dictionary.com, Lexico Publishing Group, LLC.[8]

Comparison with the Oxford English DictionaryEdit

The website of the Oxford English Dictionary described its difference from Oxford Dictionaries as follows:

The dictionary content in Oxford Dictionaries focuses on current English and includes modern meanings and uses of words. Where words have more than one meaning, the most important and common meanings in modern English are given first, and less common and more specialist or technical uses are listed below. The OED, on the other hand, is a historical dictionary and it forms a record of all the core words and meanings in English over more than 1,000 years, from Old English to the present day, and including many obsolete and historical terms. Meanings are ordered chronologically in the OED, according to when they were first recorded in English ...[9]


  1. ^ a b "Lexico.com FAQS". Oxford Dictionaries. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  2. ^ Harrison, Emma (19 June 2014). "Oxford dictionaries: Demise of the printed editions?". BBC News. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Oxford University Press Chooses PubFactory to Develop Oxford English Dictionary". PubFactory. 4 August 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  4. ^ ""Vuvuzela," "staycation" among 2,000 words added to Oxford Dictionary". The Independent. 20 August 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Oxford Dictionaries content help". Oxford Dictionaries. Oxford University Press. Archived from the original on 27 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Oxford Global Languages". Oxford Dictionaries. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Help". Oxford Living Dictionaries. Oxford University Press. Archived from the original on 25 September 2016.
  8. ^ Auchard, Eric (4 July 2008). "Ask.com closes acquisition of Dictionary.com". Reuters. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  9. ^ "The OED and Oxford Dictionaries". Oxford English Dictionary. Oxford University Press. Archived from the original on 28 February 2018.

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