What does Oxford mean?

Definitions for Oxford
ˈɒks fərdox·ford

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Oxfordnoun

    a city in southern England to the northwest of London; site of Oxford University

  2. Oxfordnoun

    a university town in northern Mississippi; home of William Faulkner

  3. Oxford University, Oxfordnoun

    a university in England

  4. oxfordnoun

    a low shoe laced over the instep


  1. Oxfordnoun

    A variety of shoe, typically made of heavy leather.

  2. Oxfordnoun

    An Oxford Dictionary.

  3. Oxfordnoun

    A city in England famous for its university.

  4. oxfordnoun


  5. oxfordnoun

    A shoe of a particular sort.

  6. Etymology: Oxenaforda


  1. Oxford

    Oxford () is a city in England. It is the county town and only city of Oxfordshire. In 2020, its population was estimated at 151,584. It is 56 miles (90 km) north-west of London, 64 miles (103 km) south-east of Birmingham and 61 miles (98 km) north-east of Bristol. The city is home to the University of Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking world; it has buildings in every style of English architecture since late Anglo-Saxon. Oxford's industries include motor manufacturing, education, publishing, information technology and science.


  1. oxford

    Oxford commonly refers to a city located in South East England, home to the internationally prestigious Oxford University. However, "Oxford" is also used to refer to a specific type of shoes (Oxford Shoes) characterized by closed lacing, as well as clothed items made from Oxford Cloth, a type of woven dress shirt fabric. Therefore, the term's definition depends heavily on the context in which it is used.


  1. Oxford

    Oxford is a city in central southern England. It is the county town of Oxfordshire, and forms a district within the county. It has a population of just under 165,000, of whom 153,900 live within the district boundary. Oxford has a diverse economic base. Its industries include motor manufacturing, education, publishing and a large number of information technology and science-based businesses. The city is known worldwide as a university town and home of the University of Oxford, the oldest university in the country and the English-speaking world. Buildings in Oxford demonstrate an example of every English architectural period since the arrival of the Saxons, including the iconic, mid-18th-century Radcliffe Camera. Oxford is known as the "city of dreaming spires", a term coined by poet Matthew Arnold in reference to the harmonious architecture of Oxford's university buildings.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Oxford

    the county town of Oxfordshire, seat of one of the great English universities and of a bishopric; is on the left bank of the Thames, 52 m. W. of London; it is a city of great beauty, its many collegiate buildings and chapels and other institutions making it the richest of English cities in architectural interest; naturally historical associations abound; here the Mad Parliament met and adopted the Provisions of Oxford in 1258; Latimer and Ridley in 1555, and Cranmer in 1556, were burned in Broad Street; Charles I. made it his head-quarters after the first year of the Civil War; it was the refuge of Parliament during the plague of 1665.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. oxford

    An ancient and famous city in England, the chief town of the county of Oxford, 55 miles west-northwest from London. The townsmen closed their gates against William the Conqueror, who stormed the town in 1067, and gave it to one of his followers, Robert d’Oyley, who built a castle here to overawe the disaffected Saxons. The paction that terminated the strife between Stephen and Henry II. was drawn up at Oxford. During the great civil war of the 17th century, it was for a while the headquarters of the royalist forces, and was conspicuous for its adherence to the cause of Charles I.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Oxford

    Cited in Domesday Book as Oxeneford. Literally a ford for the passage of oxen across the River Isis.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Oxford is ranked #7387 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Oxford surname appeared 4,509 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Oxford.

    88.1% or 3,975 total occurrences were White.
    5.1% or 231 total occurrences were Black.
    2.9% or 132 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.9% or 88 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.2% or 58 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 25 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Oxford' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1288

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Oxford' in Written Corpus Frequency: #869

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Oxford in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Oxford in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Oxford in a Sentence

  1. Stephen Schwarzman:

    For nearly 1,000 years, the study of the Humanities at Oxford has been core to western civilization and scholarship, we need to ensure that its insights and principles can be adapted to today's dynamic world.

  2. Anna Bradshaw:

    This represents one of the final formal barriers to women becoming equal at Oxford University.

  3. Elissa Slotkin:

    What really stood out in Oxford was the role that the parents played, we came up with this bill, building on good work that others have done -- both in the state of Michigan and also federally -- and created a bill that would make it against the law for a person to keep an unsecured firearm if it's reasonable the child could access that firearm.

  4. E. M. Forster:

    Oxford is -- Oxford: not a mere receptacle for youth, like Cambridge. Perhaps it wants its inmates to love it rather than to love one another.

  5. Sheriff Bouchard:

    This kind of thing can happen anywhere and sadly it happened even in a sweet quiet community like Oxford.

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