Lexico.com is a new collaboration between Dictionary.com and Oxford University Press (OUP) to help users worldwide with everyday language challenges. Lexico is powered by Oxford’s free English and Spanish dictionaries and features multi-language dictionary, thesaurus, and translation content.

This partnership is exciting but may lead to a few questions, so please look through our frequently-asked questions below for some answers:

1. Are there still Oxford sites?

There are many Oxford sites that are still active, but the free English and Spanish content is now exclusively available through Lexico.

2. I had an account with Oxford, can I still access it?

Your pre-existing account will not be deleted. You can login to Oxford Dictionaries here. Your account data will not be shared with Lexico.

3. How can I switch between the UK and US dictionaries?

When performing a search, select the drop-down menu next to the search bar (or below the search bar on mobile) to select the dictionary you'd like to use. This drop-down menu also allows searches of our grammar articles or the thesaurus. The selector will remember your preference for subsequent searches.

4. Are there different definitions of words in the UK and US English Dictionaries?

Both dictionaries share similar entries and definitions, but there can be differences in terms of pronunciation, spelling, as well as region-specific words and phrases. Some terms have additional definitions in either UK or US English. In addition, you’ll often find different example sentences for each dictionary.

5. Who writes the definitions?

All definitions and translations are written by Oxford lexicographers. You can read how dictionary content is created by visiting Oxford University Press.

6. How do I cite content from Lexico?

The author for definitions, example sentences, and thesaurus content is Oxford University Press (OUP). The publication date is 2021. The online dictionary name is Lexico.com

For example, the following example citation shows the dictionary entry “wake” in Harvard format, accessed on 14 July 2021. 

  • (2021). Definition of wake [online]. Oxford University Press. Available at: http://www.canhometro-star.com/definition/wake (Accessed: 14 July 2021).

The above example in MLA format is as follows:

  • "Definition of wake". Oxford University Press. Lexico.com. 14 July 2021. http://www.canhometro-star.com/definition/wake.

The publisher for any articles and other editorial content is Lexico.com. The publication date is 2021.

7. Where are my Word of the Day emails?

The previous Word of the Day subscriber list was not transferred over to Lexico, unfortunately. At this time there are no plans to renew the Word of the Day email. But you can find our Word of the Day listed on our homepage: Lexico.com.


For any other specific questions or issues, please see our "Contact Us" page. We are happy to assist and respond.