from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A sturdy, low shoe that laces over the instep.
  • noun A cotton cloth of a tight basket weave, used primarily for shirts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to the city or university of Oxford, England.
  • adjective See Tractarianism.
  • adjective a name given to those members of the Church of England who adopted the theology of the so-called Oxford “Tracts for the Times,” issued the period 1833 -- 1841.
  • adjective a kind of shoe, laced on the instep, and usually covering the foot nearly to the ankle.

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  • noun Alternative capitalization of Oxford (cloth)
  • noun A shoe of a particular sort.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a university in England
  • noun a university town in northern Mississippi; home of William Faulkner
  • noun a low shoe laced over the instep
  • noun a city in southern England to the northwest of London; site of Oxford University


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[After Oxford, England.]


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  • Obs. UK slang for a crown (five shillings).

    "I thereupon entered the cat wagon, the lion's cage, for a formal dekko.

    Truly a magnificent tawny specimen, his name was Charlie. The feller Bill Smythe told me that he had had him for a song (a cub worth a thousand quid for 'arf an Oxford!)..."

    - G.V. Desani, All About H. Hatterr (1945), p. 76 of NYRB 2008 edition

    December 31, 2008