Katherine Barber

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Katherine Patricia Mary Barber (born 1959) is a Canadian lexicographer and was previously Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary.

Born in Ely, Cambridgeshire, England, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Winnipeg in 1980, and a Master of Arts from the University of Ottawa in 1990.

From 1984 to 1991, she was a lecturer in the School of Translation and Interpretation at the University of Ottawa. From 1989 to 1991, she was a research associate with the Bilingual Canadian Dictionary project at the University of Ottawa. She was Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Dictionaries for the Oxford University Press in Canada from 1991 to 2008, when OUP closed the Canadian dictionary department.[1] Since 2008 she has been sole proprietor of Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays, which organizes ballet-themed trips to North American and European destinations.

Other publications[edit]

  • Katherine Barber (2006) Six Words You Never Knew Had Something to Do with Pigs and Other Fascinating Facts About the Language from Canada's Word Lady, Don Mills, Ontario: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-542440-9.
  • Katherine Barber (2007) Only in Canada You Say: A Treasury of Canadian Language, Don Mills, Ontario: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-542707-3.


  1. ^ Canwest News Service, ”Oxford closes Canadian dictionary division”, October 1, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-01.


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