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The Dictionary of Old English

The Dictionary of Old English defines the first chapter of the English Language.


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The Dictionary of Old English (DOE) defines the vocabulary of the first six centuries (C.E. 600-1150) of the English language, using twenty-first century technology. The DOE complements the Middle English Dictionary (which covers the period C.E. 1100-1500) and the Oxford English Dictionary, the three together providing a full description of the vocabulary of English.

2014 Report

Each year The Dictionary of Old English produces a report on the progress of the Project.

2014 Friends

Sample Entry

A sample entry from the Dictionary of Old English

Research Tools

Variant Phrase Search, List of Texts, and Links.

Word of the Week

Discover an unpublished DOE word every week.


Free Access

Setup an account at the DOE Online Store to start your 20 free logins to both the DOE online and DOE Web Corpus. See FAQ for details.

A-G Dictionary

An essential electronic reference for all scholars of Old and Middle English.


Online | CD-ROM

Old English Corpus

A database consisting of at least one copy of every surviving Old English text.


Online | CD-ROM

Distribution Map

Map of where the Dictionary of Old English publications have been distributed electronically.


Free Access

Android app for List of Texts

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