Template:R:Online Etymology Dictionary

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Douglas Harper (2001–2022), “R:Online Etymology Dictionary”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.


This template may be used in "References" and "Further reading" sections, and on talk pages, to cite the Online Etymology Dictionary website.


The template takes the following positional or named parameters:

  • |1= or |entry= – the entry on the Online Etymology Dictionary website to be cited. If this parameter is omitted, the template uses the name of the Wiktionary entry.
  • |url= – if the default URL is not linking to the correct webpage, use this parameter to indicate the URL of the Online Etymology Dictionary webpage to be linked to.
  • |2= or |accessdate= – The date on which the Online Etymology Dictionary website was accessed. Use either of these date formats: 1 January 2017 or January 1, 2017.
  • |3=, |text=, or |passage= – a passage quoted from the website.
  • |nodot= – by default, the template adds a full stop (period) at the end of the citation. To suppress this punctuation, use |nodot=1 or |nodot=yes.


  • Wikitext: {{R:Online Etymology Dictionary|accessdate=1 January 2017}} (assuming the template is used on the twaddle page).
  • Result: Douglas Harper (2001–2022), “twaddle”, in Online Etymology Dictionary, retrieved 1 January 2017.
  • Wikitext: {{R:Online Etymology Dictionary|entry=Pacific Ocean|url=http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=Pacific+Ocean|passage=from Medieval Latin ''Pacificum'', neuter of Latin ''pacificus''{{nb...}}; so called c. 1500 by Magellan when he sailed into it and found it calmer than the stormy Atlantic.|nodot=1}}
  • Result: Douglas Harper (2001–2022), “Pacific Ocean”, in Online Etymology Dictionary:
    from Medieval Latin Pacificum, neuter of Latin pacificus []; so called c. 1500 by Magellan when he sailed into it and found it calmer than the stormy Atlantic.