oxford

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

Essential Meaning of oxford

1 chiefly US : a low shoe usually made of leather and fastened with laces a pair of oxfords
2 : soft, strong cotton usually used for making shirts
3 US : a shirt made of oxford a button-down oxford a blue oxford shirt

Full 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

Oxford

geographical name
Ox·​ford | \ ˈäks-fərd How to pronounce Oxford (audio) \
variants: or Medieval Latin Oxonia \ äk-​ˈsō-​nē-​ə How to pronounce Oxford (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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Other Words from oxford

Geographical name

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

Examples of oxford in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Blood had oozed in erratic streams along the side of his face, creating diminutive red rivers in the wrinkles along his jawline, before pooling at the end of his chin and trickling onto his starched white oxford shirt. EW.com, 29 Sep. 2021 For ultra-formal or traditional weddings, stick to a classic oxford in black. Isiah Magsino, Vogue, 29 Aug. 2021 Grant, who now lives in Woodbury, Connecticut, appeared on camera wearing a pale-blue oxford shirt and sitting before a stone fireplace. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, 23 Aug. 2021 Apple, who wore a light-blue oxford shirt and loose beige pants, her hair in a low bun, stood by the piano, coaching Amber, who sat down in a wicker rocking chair, pulling Winifred onto her lap. Mick Stevens, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2021 HommeGirls began selling its oversized oxford shirts and matching shorts in 2019, foreshadowing the many variations that would come one year later. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 14 July 2021 Apple, who wore a light-blue oxford shirt and loose beige pants, her hair in a low bun, stood by the piano, coaching Amber, who sat down in a wicker rocking chair, pulling Winifred onto her lap. Ed Himelblau, The New Yorker, 10 Aug. 2021 The same khaki fabric has been used to trim the blue oxford, which also features a quilt-like paisley patchwork at its pocket. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 29 July 2021 Vintage-inspired, these raw-hem jeans are best styled with an oxford button-up shirt and sneakers. Julie Tong, Vogue, 15 July 2021

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First Known Use of oxford

Noun

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for oxford

Noun

Oxford, England

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12 Oct 2021

Cite this Entry

“Oxford.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oxford. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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