What are neologisms?

Newly coined terms, words, or phrases, that may be commonly used in everyday life but have yet to be formally accepted as constituting mainstream language by some of the main language institutions. Neologisms represent the evolving nature of (for example) the English language. We create new words to express concepts or ideas that were previously expressed using other words or by using words that may not have existed at all.

How can we help you?

We have prepared a selection of neologism websites where you can find some interesting new terms. The list contains neologism websites in different languages, such as Spanish, English, French, Catalan or German. Just take a look and discover the most recent developments in your language.

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Useful links

AlphaDictionary: Historical Dictionary of American Slang
ADS’s Word of the Year
Cambridge Dictionary: New Words
Dictionary of (British) slang
Die Wortwarte
Glossary of Hardboiled Slang
Instituto Cervantes: Banco de neologismos
Lexicopoeia: A Lexicon of Neologisms
Merriam-Webster Word Central
Neolosfera (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
NeoUSAL (Universidad de Salamanca)
Online Etymology Dictionary
Oxford English Dictionary: New Words
Shakespear’s Coined Words
Terminologia Blog
The Multilingual Dictionary of New Words (7th Edition)
The Rice University Neologisms Database
The Unword Dictionary
Word Spy

Here are some useful international links and websites dealing with neologisms that you can access and check:

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