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Online Etymology Dictionary
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Type Private
Founded Online (c.2000)
Headquarters Lancaster, PA, USA
Key people
Employees 1
Website www.etymonline.com
Type of site Etymological dictionary
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Available in English
Current status active

The Online Etymology Dictionary is a free online dictionary that describes the origins of English-language words.[1] Its initials are the same as those of the widely cited Oxford English Dictionary.


Douglas Harper compiled the etymology dictionary to record the history and evolution of more than 30,000 words, including slang and technical terms.[2] The core body of its etymology information stems from the New English Dictionary on Historical Principles but a variety of other sources are used. Other sources include the Middle English Dictionary and the Barnhart Dictionary of Etymology (by Robert Barnhart and others). In producing his large dictionary, Douglas Harper says that he is essentially and for the most part a compiler, an evaluator of etymology reports which others have made.[3]

Reviews and reputation[edit]

The Online Etymology Dictionary has been referenced by Ohio University's Library as a relevant etymological resource[1] and cited in the Chicago Tribune as one of the "best resources for finding just the right word".[4] It is cited in numerous articles as a source for explaining the history and evolution of words.[5][6][7]


  1. ^ a b "Online Etymology Dictionary". Ohio University. 2003. Retrieved 2007-01-05. 
  2. ^ "Home Page". Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved 2006-12-31. 
  3. ^ The dictionary's principal sources appear at Sources @ Online Etymology Dictionary.
  4. ^ Bierma, Nathan (3 January 2007). "Internet has best resources for finding just the right word". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2007-01-05. [dead link]
  5. ^ Rudeen, Mike. Any questions?; Ask! away on the News' new blog. Rocky Mountain News, 18 December 2006, republished by www.factiva.com, accessed 2007-01-05
  6. ^ Murali, D. Big results require big ambitions. Business Line (The Hindu), 21 July 2006, Section:Opinion, republished by Factiva.com, accessed 2007-01-05
  7. ^ Whyte, Ellen. Online resources to help improve your vocabulary. New Straits Times, 27 October 2005, republished by www.factiva.com, accessed 2007-01-05

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