Australian National Dictionary


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.

A revised second edition will be published online and be freely available to the public later in 2023.

The second edition was edited by Bruce Moore and published by Oxford University Press in 2016. For more information about this dictionary and how to purchase it, follow this link.

The first edition of the Australian National Dictionary was edited by WS (Bill) Ramson and published by Oxford University Press in 1988.

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