I noticed that not long ago (in June) Oxford University Press changed the server that hosted what they used to call "Oxford Living Dictionaries". I used Oxford Living Dictionaries a bit in the past. It's not the official OED (Oxford English Dictionary), but instead described itself as an up-to-date online dictionary that would be reflective of contemporary English as it's spoken both formally and colloquially.
The dictionary content in Oxford Dictionaries focuses on current English and includes modern meanings and uses of words.
Oxford Living Dictionaries (how it described itself).
I used to cite this dictionary as "Oxford Living Dictionaries", as that's what it was called. However I don't think this name exists anymore. Whereas on the old page the top home button was titled:
Oxford Living Dictionaries
and was hosted at:
, the same dictionary's top home button is now titled:
Powered by OXFORD"
and is hosted at:
The Wikipedia article on Oxford Dictionaries describes the change like this:
In June 2019, the free-of-charge monolingual dictionaries of English and Spanish were moved to Lexico.com, a collaboration between OUP and Dictionary.com.
And in the FAQ of the Oxford dictionary the FAQ gives the following information:
Q.Why has Oxford Dictionaries changed?
A.We have partnered with Dictionary.com to ensure we give users the best possible experience.
Q.Why has the URL changed?
A.We have recently partnered with Dictionary.com, to offer our free English and Spanish dictionary content through www.lexico.com rather than en.oxforddictionaries.com.
Q.What does Lexico mean? What is it?
A.Lexico is the new domain for our free dictionary content, hosted by Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com is licensing the content from our English and Spanish Oxford Dictionaries sites (lexical content, non-lexical content, and blog content) and using it to develop and build a new consumer website, freely available around the world, as a separate site to dictionary.com.
Q.Is the dictionary content the same, who writes the definitions?
A.All definitions and translations are written by Oxford lexicographers.
dictionary.com is based on Random House Unabridged Dictionary, and I have a feeling that this change has been a financial decision rather than anything else. But anyway, I've seen people citing this Oxford dictionary as "Lexico" or "lexico.com". I was confused at what this Lexico actually was, and quite a few seem to have been also, if the FAQ is anything to go by. Seeing as this is just a domain name, and the dictionary is still created by Oxford lexicographers and the Oxford University Press, it should be cited Oxford dictionary or something along those lines rather than "Lexico" or something similar? I used to cite it as Oxford Living Dictionaries or OLD, distinguishable from the OED, but I don't think that name exists anymore. How should it be cited now? If it's just cited "Oxford Dictionary" or "Oxford Dictionary online" it'll be even more prone to being mistaken for the OED, which was even a problem when it was the Oxford Living Dictionaries.
Edit: My question has been identified as a duplicate. I have read through that "duplicate". The question merely alerts people that the site that hosted what used to be called Oxford Living Dictionaries is now at the lexico.com domain name. The answer is directed to the potential effects the change might have on links for existing citations. As to my question on how we should cite this dictionary now that it's changed url and is no longer called by its former name there are only a few comments in that question that touch on this subject. One user suggests to simply cite "Lexico", as that is the "source". Another user disagrees with this (and I concur). I think a dictionary definition should be cited with the name of the dictionary the definition is from. Lexico is NOT a dictionary. I was wondering if there was going to be consensus on this or if we're just going to go our own ways according to individual preference.