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Australian National Dictionary Online


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The Australian National Dictionary is a comprehensive, historically-based record of Australian English. It is a dictionary of Australianisms - those words and meanings which have originated in Australia, which have greater currency here than elsewhere, or which have a special significance in Australian history. It records the historical development of Australian words and phrases from their earliest use to the present day, providing evidence of this history in some 60,000 dated and referenced quotations drawn from over 9,000 Australian sources.

The Australian National Dictionary was edited by WS (Bill) Ramson and published by Oxford University Press in 1988. It is the product of the fullest and most detailed research ever undertaken into the history of the Australian English vocabulary. Staff at the Australian National Dictionary Centre are currently working on a second edition of the Australian National Dictionary.

Updated: 29 February 2012/ Responsible Officer:  Centre Director / Page Contact:  Web Publisher