ox·​ford | \ ˈäks-fərd How to pronounce oxford (audio) \

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 How to pronounce Oxford (audio) \
variants: or Medieval Latin Oxonia \ äk-​ˈsō-​nē-​ə How to pronounce Oxonia (audio) \

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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Oxfordian \ äks-​ˈfȯr-​dē-​ən How to pronounce Oxfordian (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of oxford in a Sentence

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Unless you're headed to an ultra-swaggy party, swap Victoria's major heels for a pair of red patent oxfords. Kara Mcgrath, Seventeen, "Style Advice," 13 Dec. 2013 Photo: nick oxford/Reuters Markets may also be too sanguine about China’s ability to keep buying Iranian oil. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Oil Bears’ Teeth Look a Little Blunt," 24 Oct. 2018 Meanwhile, Jonas complemented her look with a white Henley shirt, khaki chinos, and tanned oxfords. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas do Coordinated Style for Date Night," 23 June 2018 Add a metallic accent to your ensemble with cool, cap toe oxfords! Kara Mcgrath, Seventeen, "Style Advice," 21 Feb. 2014 Some showgoers threw graphic shift dresses together with logoed tights and oxfords. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "How to Mix Prints Like the Street Style Stars of London Fashion Week," 18 Sep. 2018 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

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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

chiefly US : a low shoe usually made of leather and fastened with laces
: soft, strong cotton usually used for making shirts
US : a shirt made of oxford

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