The Oxford Dictionaries 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.
Word of the Year
The Word of the Year 2017 is...
The official announcement of the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2017.Find out what it is
Word of the Year 2017: the shortlistRead more
Word of the Year: behind the scenesFind out more
Antifa: a word on the rise
Jeff Sherwood offers a closer analysis of the origins, pronunciation, and contemporary complexities of 'Antifa'.Find out more
What is 'white fragility'?
Nicole Holliday on how 'white fragility' aids understanding of the enduring legacy of racism in our everyday lives.Find out more
On the radar: broflake
Rebecca Juganaru explored the development of 'broflake' earlier this year:Find out more
Kompromat and 8 other Russian-derived words you didn't think you'd need to know
Jeff Sherwood took a look at the evolution of boomerang loanword 'kompromat' earlier this year:Find out more
On the radar: Milkshake Duck
Rebecca Juganaru analysed Milkshake Duck's staying-power earlier this year:Find out more
Word of the Year FAQ
Have a question about how we select our Word of the Year? Or want to know what words have previously won the illustrious title?Read our FAQ
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.
2016 saw a spike in frequency of 'post-truth' in the context of Brexit and the US presidential election.Read more
2015: 'Face with Tears of Joy' Emoji
Emojis have been around since the late 1990s, but 2015 saw their use, and use of the word emoji, increase hugely.Read more
In 2014 you were thirty times more likely to come across the word vape than you were two years before.Read more
In 2013 the decision was unanimous, with little if any argument...this is a little unusual.Read more
2012: Omnishambles (UK) & GIF (US)
Our word of the year became WORDS of the year in 2012, what an omnishambles!Read more
2011: Squeezed Middle
Susie Dent considers our 2011 Word of the Year and the difficulty in selecting just one word.Read more
2010: Big Society (UK) & Refudiate (US)Read more
2009: Simples (UK) & Unfriend (US)Read more
2008: Credit Crunch (UK) & Hypermiling (US)Read more
2007: Carbon Footprint (UK) & Locavore (US)Read more
2006: Bovvered (UK) & Carbon Neutral (US)Read more
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