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n. pl. dic·tion·ar·ies

  1. A reference book containing an alphabetical list of words, with information given for each word, usually including meaning, pronunciation, and etymology.
  2. A book listing the words of a language with translations into another language.
  3. A book listing words or other linguistic items in a particular category or subject with specialized information about them: a medical dictionary.
  4. Computer Science.
    1. A list of words stored in machine-readable form for reference, as by spelling-checking software.
    2. An electronic spelling checker.


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Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

The Oxford DNB project is a unique amalgam of academic and publishing activity. It is constituted as a research and publishing project of the University of Oxford, with research funding from the British Academy, and all other funding and resources from Oxford University Press. The new dictionary will be published by Oxford University Press, the publisher (since 1917) of the first DNB and of the Oxford English Dictionary , and itself a department of the University of Oxford.

Replacing and extending the original Victorian Dictionary of National Biography , the Oxford DNB is probably the largest co-operative research project ever undertaken in the humanities. Over a twelve-year period a team of academic editors and publishers in Oxford is co-ordinating the work of many thousands of specialists worldwide to re-create one of the great reference works in English for the twenty-first century.

Due to its broad, accessible, and authoritative coverage, the Oxford DNB will in turn have a broad appeal: from scholarly researchers to university, college, and school students, professional writers to general readers of biography, local and family historians to librarians, archivists, and curators.

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Facts and Figures

  • 50,000 biographies and 60 million words record the lives of the men and women who shaped all aspects of British history, from the explorer Pytheas of the fourth century BC to modern figures who died before 31 December 2000.
  • Over 36,000 newly written biographies, including 13,500 newly selected people from all historical periods.
  • 10,000 expert contributors worldwide have written articles of up to 30,000 words in length.
  • 450 specialist advisors and a 50-strong editorial team have worked for over 10 years to create this new authority.
  • 10,000 portrait illustrations, shown next to the relevant biographies.

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