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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Geographical name

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

Examples of oxford in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Kate kept her clothing casual, choosing sleek, dark skinny jeans; a blue oxford button-down; a black vest; and chunky-heeled, lace-up hiking boots. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Sports Skinny Jeans and Platform Hiking Boots for Her Latest Engagement," 29 Sep. 2020 Pistol Lake, a clothing brand made in Los Angeles, started churning out masks from oxford cloth in March, in part to ease health care shortages. Washington Post, "Struggling U.S. manufacturers pivot to one product where sales are actually booming: Masks," 5 Aug. 2020 One afternoon last winter, Adnan Al Mohamad sat across from me at an Istanbul cafe, wearing a tweed blazer and an oxford shirt embroidered with olive branches. Jenna Scatena, The Atlantic, "The Looting Network," 31 July 2020 Layer a gray crop top over a blue oxford shirt and pair with some denim jeans. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "30 Easy DIY Disney Costumes Inspired By Your Favorite Disney Movies," 22 July 2020 In the photo, Musk can be seen cradling his baby boy while wearing a gray graphic T-shirt, button-down oxford, and bright blue paisley bandana presumably as a face cover. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Elon Musk Shares a New Photo of Baby X on Twitter," 21 July 2020 Davidson, meanwhile, complemented her with a classic black suit, white shirt—with no tie!—and shiny oxfords. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Kaia Gerber and Pete Davidson Nail Saturday Night Couple Style," 24 Nov. 2019 Or take the formality down a notch with a denim dress shirt and suede oxfords, sans silk accessories. Megan Gustashaw, GQ, "Oscar Isaac Has a Solve for Everything—Even Boring Office Style," 14 Feb. 2018 Meanwhile, George matched the palette of her outfit with a deep navy suit, dark blue button-up shirt, and shiny black oxfords—something that could easily be worn on the red carpet. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "George and Amal Clooney’s Date Night Style Is Anything but Casual," 13 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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11 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Oxford.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oxford. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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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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