Don't Know What a "Padawan" Is? The Oxford English Dictionary Will Tell You

A couple words from Star Wars have been added to the official lexicon.

( It's hard to explain the global impact the Star Wars universe has on people around the world. All we can say is, we really, really, wish this fictional world were real. While we can't actually fly off to this galaxy far, far away, the Oxford English Dictionary has further legitimized its cultural effect by adding in a few Star Wars terms. "Jedi", "lightsabre", and "Padawan" are now part of the official lexicon!

"Jedi" is a noun defined as "a member of an order of heroic, skilled warrior monks who are able to harness the mystical power of the Force." "Padawan," meanwhile, is also a noun that refers to "an apprentice Jedi." "Lightsabre"—which yes, is usually spelled the American way (lightsaber), but was changed to follow British English—is a noun defined as "a weapon resembling a sword, but having a destructive beam of light in place of a blade."


Each Star Wars-related entry starts with "In the fictional universe of the Star Wars films," which we think is a necessary disclaimer. Two old entries also got an update: The Oxford English Dictionary has added "a mystical universal energy field" in its definitions to "Force"; and "mind tricks" now has a note that says "see also Jedi." 

Main image from IMDb.

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