Word of the Year

The Oxford Word of the Year is a word or expression that has attracted a great deal of interest over the last 12 months. Every year, we debate several candidates for word of the year and choose a winner that is judged to reflect the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of that particular year and to have lasting potential as a word of cultural significance.

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Previous Words of the Year

In 2004, Oxford Dictionaries was one of the first institutions to launch a Word of the Year, and it has become an annual tradition that is close to our hearts. Use the links below to find out about some of our previous choices.

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