The Oxford Latin Dictionary

A widget enabling users to look up words in the Oxford Latin Dictionary, ed. P. G. W. Glare (2nd edn, 2012), is included for all users of the Latin content on Oxford Scholarly Editions Online

More than half a century in the making, the two-volume Oxford Latin Dictionary is the world's most authoritative dictionary of Classical Latin, offering unsurpassed coverage of the language of Rome from its beginnings until AD 200. As well as 40,000 headwords and 100,000 senses, the dictionary includes a vast collection of illustrative quotations taken from the canon of classical literature, each now conveniently arranged under the appropriate sense or subsense.

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How to use the dictionary

Select any word in a Latin text and a pop-up menu will appear. Choose to look up the word in the Oxford Latin Dictionary:

Looking up words in the OLD screenshot  

The dictionary widget will appear populated with the appropriate entry

  • Inflected wordforms are automatically checked against our morphology, so if you click on carpe, carpo will be found,
  • if there are multiple possibilities, they are shown in the left-hand side of the widget
  • If the widget cannot resolve your query, you can try other searches in its quick search box.

You can choose whether the widget shows the complete dictionary entry, complete with etymological information, orthographic information, and quotations, or simply the dictionary senses: use the options at the top right of the widget.