ox·​ford ˈäks-fərd How to pronounce oxford (audio)
: a low shoe laced or tied over the instep
: a soft durable cotton or synthetic fabric made in plain or basket weaves

called also oxford cloth

Examples of oxford in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With a straight leg, this pair is super versatile to wear with sneakers, oxfords, or sandals. Gabrielle Porcaro, Travel + Leisure, 27 May 2024 On one outing in June, Swift paired lace-up oxfords, crew-length socks and a pleated blue skirt with an oversized light blue and white striped blouse, which appeared to be from The Row, the same brand Swift dons in her The Tortured Poets Department album cover. Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 18 Apr. 2024 Ditto for the shoes, too: Instead of sneakers, consider pairing it with chunky loafers or oxfords. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 18 Mar. 2024 Like the 1460s, these oxfords have a lace-up design and the stiff, takes-time-to-wear-in leather that Dr. Martens is known for. Olivia Muenter, Peoplemag, 29 Feb. 2024 The Bear’s Jeremy Allen White went more reserved, but still shined in his cream Saint Laurent suit, complete with subtle heeled oxfords. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 25 Feb. 2024 For a pair of unassuming footwear, oxfords are doing a lot. Isaiah Freeman-Schub, Robb Report, 7 Dec. 2023 In the vast and murky landscape of lace-ups, oxfords occupy the most formal spot. Isaiah Freeman-Schub, Robb Report, 7 Dec. 2023 Technically, oxfords are defined by a closed lacing system, which means the shoe’s quarters (those side panels where the eyelets are) are sewn underneath the vamp (the large front portion that goes over your foot). Isaiah Freeman-Schub, Robb Report, 7 Dec. 2023

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Word History


Oxford, England

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of oxford was in 1886

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“Oxford.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oxford. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


ox·​ford ˈäks-fərd How to pronounce oxford (audio)
: a low shoe laced over the middle of the foot

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Ox·​ford ˈäks-fərd How to pronounce Oxford (audio)
variants or Medieval Latin Oxonia
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
Oxfordian adjective or noun

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