September 9, 2020 revises 15,000+ definitions in “largest ever update”


Last week released its “largest ever update,” with alterations to more than 15,000 entries, according to Allison Flood at The Guardian. Jennifer Steeves-Kiss, chief executive of, explains:

“2020 has been a year of change like never before, affecting how we live, work, interact – and how we use language … Our biggest release yet represents a tireless commitment from our entire team not only to documenting how language evolves, but to ensuring our users always find the meaning they need.”

The updates are largely related to identity and range topics from race to gender to wellness. John Kelly, senior editor at, told Rachel Treisman at NPR: “Our revisions are putting people, in all their rich humanity, first, and we’re extremely proud of that.” broke down some of the biggest changes you can expect to see:


Amelia Stymacks is the former director of digital marketing at Melville House.