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2:14 PM
@XanderHenderson It shows you that "master bedroom" is older than 1920. Etymonline often is sourced from OED2 data, from a1989, which is extremely easy to antedate with modern tools
From 1821:
(Morning Chronicle July 5)
@Mitch Eh, see above
@Mitch The Oxford Language ones are from NOAD/ODE, which are Oxford dictionaries, but not the Oxford English Dictionary
 
@Laurel Which is why I asked for OED references, because etymology online does indicate that master bedroom is from the early 20th century.
> Master bedroom, "bedroom designed for the use of the owner of the property," as opposed to bedrooms for children or guests, is by 1919 in U.S. home-builders publications (e.g. Building Age, April 1919). It seems to be based on the English master's bedroom (by 1903) "bedroom of a headmaster or other master at an English boarding school or other similar institution."
 
I got enough of a citation from the free access part of the OED and then used it to track down the original source to view it in its entirety
Google books has another early example: books.google.com/…
 
 
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3:34 PM
@Laurel 👍🏾 - the meanings in etymonline I usually trust because they're from OED, but etymonline doesn't give any citations. But yeah online OED will be more up to date with possibly older citations.
@Laurel Yes. Are you saying that google search uses those dictionaries you mention?
 

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