One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A city in central England, on the River Thames, the county town of Oxfordshire; population 146,100 (est. 2009). Oxford University is located there.
1mass noun A thick cotton fabric chiefly used to make shirts.as modifier ‘an Oxford shirt’
- ‘His cheeks were flushed, and his Oxford shirt open at the neck.’
- ‘Traditionally, windsocks are made from nylon ripstop, taffeta or Oxford cloth, available in a variety of bright colors.’
- ‘We had a lot of ideas about our wardrobes -- there was a long discussion of pink Oxford cloth shirts.’
- ‘Wear your suit with a dress shirt or Oxford shirt.’
- ‘A generation ago, most American men were perfectly content in buttoned-down Oxford cloth.’
- ‘The firm's best seller at Premiere Vision, he reported, was an iridescent cotton shirting in pinpoint Oxford with sheen.’
- ‘I'm 90% certain that he was born in khaki pants, Oxford button down, blue blazer and wingtips.’
- ‘Before long, the tall man in the Oxford shirt had taken her hands, and they danced with flair, the memory of those moves still intact, in their corner of the room.’
- ‘He stepped onstage in his usual outfit: a gray suit, a conservative maroon tie and a blue Oxford shirt.’
- ‘James now stood in front of a mirror buttoning a white oxford shirt, and thinking about what he was going to say at the funeral.’
2A type of lace-up shoe with a low heel.‘suede Oxfords are the essential shoes for autumn’
- ‘Put yourself in his size 9 Oxfords.’
- ‘I even saw one foreign guy, Hans, in knee socks and Oxfords.’
- ‘Oxford shoes convey British charm, elegance and tradition.’
- ‘I wore my slinky black pants and my girly black oxfords and had just a hint of makeup.’
- ‘So put your best foot forward with ankle boots, tan Oxfords, sneaker-boots, or solid sneakers, and you'll be able to handle whatever comes your way - with an added kick.’
- ‘These black, high shine, lace-up Oxfords are sleek yet classic and very versatile, which is ideal for work.’
- ‘For black trousers, get black cap-toed oxford shoes.’
- ‘I'm thinking non white, medium thickness, casual socks to wear with nice sneakers or Oxfords.’
- ‘His oxfords made soft thumping noises on the marble foyer floor.’
- ‘You don't have to wear square toe or pointy shoes if you don't fancy them; you can always opt for a nice pair of plain oxfords instead.’
Mid 19th century: from Oxford.
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