ox·​ford | \ˈäks-fərd \

Definition of oxford 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a low shoe laced or tied over the instep

2 : a soft durable cotton or synthetic fabric made in plain or basket weaves

called also oxford cloth


geographical name
Ox·​ford | \ˈäks-fərd \
variants: or Medieval Latin Oxonia \äk-​ˈsō-​nē-​ə \

Definition of Oxford (Entry 2 of 2)

city on the Thames River in south central England that is the capital of the county of Oxfordshire and site of the University of Oxford population 160,000

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Geographical name

Oxfordian \äks-​ˈfȯr-​dē-​ən \ adjective or noun

Examples of oxford in a Sentence

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Similarly, Gigi Hadid offset her Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh oxford shirt with Paula Knorr’s eye-catching (pun intended) skirt. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Bella, Cardi, Gigi, and the Best Celebrity Street Style at New York Fashion Week," 14 Sep. 2018 My first sheets had button-downs like oxford collar shirts. Pamela Hanson, Town & Country, "Ralph Lauren Talks Family, Fashion, and His Global Empire's 50th Anniversary," 10 Oct. 2018 The oxford cloth button-down just might be the most versatile shirt a guy can own. Jonathan Evans, Esquire, "The Go-To Shirt That'll Only Get Better With Age," 28 Feb. 2018 Cap-toe oxfords and your baggy 10-year-old Levi’s are not a match made in heaven. Megan Gustashaw, GQ, "The Perfect Shoes for Every Pair of Pants You Own," 12 Apr. 2018 Buy Now Gant slim-fit short-sleeve oxford shirt Real sticklers for authenticity will appreciate Gant’s attention to detail, like the locker loop over the box pleat and the button on the back of the collar. Yang-yi Goh, GQ, "Meet the Only Button-Down You Can Wear Every Day of the Week," 5 July 2018 Compared with a hipper, digitally-savvy product like the NBA, the MLB can come across like a square in a blue oxford and khakis. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Reports of Baseball’s Popular Decline Are…Popular," 21 June 2018 The blue oxford has to be maneuvered over the dead right arm and the shoulder that was blown away on an Italian hillside. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "Bob Dole’s final mission," 18 June 2018 Selecting the perfect pair of handsome oxfords or sturdy Red Wings is a step in the right direction, but maintenance and presentation are everything. Hans Aschim, Esquire, "How to Shine Your Shoes in 4 Easy Steps," 14 Sep. 2015

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First Known Use of oxford


1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for oxford


Oxford, England

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The first known use of oxford was in 1886

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English Language Learners Definition of oxford

: a low shoe usually made of leather and fastened with laces

: soft, strong cotton usually used for making shirts

: a shirt made of oxford

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