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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In with the save, thankfully, is Mack Weldon and its oxford shirt featuring thermal regulation built into it to prevent sweating. Maverick Li, Men's Health, 9 Jan. 2023 On a more stylistic note, its high neckline frames an oxford-cloth button down just right. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 10 Nov. 2022 The bundle is available in multiple colors, including graphite and steel oxford stripe, window pane, graphite, cream, and white. Andrea Wurzburger, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Jan. 2023 The dress' white oxford collar, cuffs, and oversized black tie were the perfect Nevermore touch. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 17 Dec. 2022 Pair the jacket with a merino polo shirt on date night, or throw it over an oxford button-up for a day at the office. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 19 Nov. 2022 Those vivid sneakers were a way to express himself while wearing the obligatory tan or black pants along with a black, white or gold polo or white oxford shirt that were part of his Catholic school uniform. Staff Writer Follow, Los Angeles Times, 16 Dec. 2022 Made of oxford cloth, this waterproof, anti-scratch, breathable cat carrier is both versatile and durable. Ysolt Usigan, Woman's Day, 29 Sep. 2022 Rodrigo sported a heather-gray pleated skirt and matching tank top with crochet lace details, platform oxford shoes teamed with calf-length socks, a chain shoulder bag and a pair of sunglasses. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 31 Oct. 2022 See More

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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 3 Feb. 2023.

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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