Concise Oxford English Dictionary

Concise Oxford English Dictionary
Original title The Concise Oxford Dictionary
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Release number
Genre Dictionary
Publisher Oxford University Press
Publication date
August 18, 2011
Pages 1696
ISBN 978-0199601080
Preceded by Eleventh Edition

The Concise Oxford English Dictionary (officially titled The Concise Oxford Dictionary until 2002, and widely abbreviated COD or COED) is probably the best-known of the 'smaller' Oxford dictionaries. The latest edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary contains over 240,000 entries and 1,728 pages (concise only compared to the OED at over 21,000 pages). Its twelfth edition, published in 2011, is used by both the United Nations and NATO as the current authority for spellings in documents written in English for international use.[1][2] It is available as an e-book for a variety of handheld device platforms. In addition to providing information for general use, it documents local variations such as United States and United Kingdom usage.

It was started as a derivative of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), although section S–Z had to be written before the Oxford English Dictionary reached that stage. However, starting from the tenth edition, it is based on the Oxford Dictionary of English (also known as the NODE) rather than the OED. The most recent edition is the 12th edition, published in 2011.

Until 2000, it was the dictionary used on the UK game show Countdown.


This edition was to be the last Concise Oxford Dictionary to be used on Countdown, as contestant Helen Wrigglesworth[3] declared ROADSIDE[4] and it was declared illegal. After further inspection from Mark Nyman, the dictionary was found to not have any compound words in it,[5] and was thus abandoned and the show reverted to the 9th edition.[6] The show switched to New Oxford Dictionary of English in series 43.

2011 Revised 12th Edition

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