The Oxford English Dictionary has recently added four new words pulled from the Star Wars franchise.
The noun “Jedi” was added to the dictionary, defined as, “A member of an order of heroic, skilled warrior monks.” Along with it was the noun “Padawan,” which the OED defines as being an “apprentice Jedi.” Their signature weapon was also added. “Lightsaber” is almost broadly defined in the dictionary as “a weapon resembling a sword, but having a destructive beam of light in place of a blade.”
Of course, these additions to the public lexicon also brought certain changes to old words. The word “force” now has a second definition for the capitalized noun form: “a mystical universal energy field,” a definition now referred to for the noun phrase “mind trick.” The inclusion of these words shows just how common Star Wars has become across the world, especially among English speakers.
The final film in the Skywalker Saga, The Rise of Skywalker, releases later this year, with a new trailer dropping any day now. New Star Wars TV shows will soon come to life on the Disney+ streaming subscription service. The little space fantasy dreamed up by George Lucas over 40 years ago remains an important one and is now, officially, getting recognized for its contributions not just to pop culture, but to language.