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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Or, more simply, an undershirt is a knit; an oxford cloth shirt is a woven. Los Angeles Times, "Revealed: The dirty little secrets of doing hand laundry on the road," 30 Aug. 2019 The Zerogrand Wingtip Oxfords from Cole Haan lean more toward oxford than sneaker compared to the Original Grand Stitchlite Wingtip Oxfords. Simona Matovic, oregonlive, "Best men’s commuter shoes | 7 pairs of shoes that combine style with comfort," 18 July 2019 Tyler the Creator put a spin on the humble oxford shoe at his Golf store in Los Angeles. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The 12 Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Tessa Thompson Wears Green, Teyana Taylor Rocks Purple, and More," 1 Dec. 2018 The Duchess of Sussex wears jeans, a loose-fitting oxford shirt and heels in the video, and her smile is bright in nearly every frame. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Duchess Meghan shares smiley Instagram story at her charity amid 'eco-hypocrite' backlash," 21 Aug. 2019 Both outfits were edgy including classic oxfords with the perfect evening assembles. Cara Zimmerman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lily Rose-Depp's Chic Looks From Her Birthday In Tokyo," 1 June 2017 In one scene, the fashion rule-breakers pair trunks with a blue oxford shirt and cardigan sweater; in another, with a crisp white polo shirt. Tyler Watamanuk, WSJ, "Is It Ever OK to Wear Swim Trunks as Shorts?," 3 July 2019 Whether on the Atlantic or Pacific, Mediterranean or Baltic, opt for a white oxford or linen button-down rather than a graphic tee or tank top. Tucker Westbrook, Town & Country, "14 Style Lessons I Learned From JFK," 5 July 2018 The supermodel hit the town in Manhattan last night, stepping out in Dr. Martens’s lace-up oxfords, those chunky creeper soles adding a touch of punk to her chain print Balenciaga turtleneck dress. Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Is Bringing Back This Classic Grunge Shoe," 5 May 2019

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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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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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