adjective, verb (used with or without object), oped, op·ing. Literary.

  1. open.


  1. a newspaper page devoted to signed articles by commentators, essayists, humorists, etc., of varying viewpoints: the Op-Ed of today’s New York Times.

verb, adjective

  1. an archaic or poetic word for open


    1. a page of a newspaper where varying opinions are expressed by columnists, commentators, etc
    2. (as modifier)an op-ed column in the New York Times

adj.short for open (adj.), early 13c. “not closed; not hidden;” originally as awake is from awaken, etc. As a verb from mid-15c. Middle English had ope-head “bare-headed” (c.1300). adj.1970, in reference to the page of a newspaper opposite the editorial page, usually devoted to personal opinion columns. The thing itself said to have been pioneered by the New York “World.”

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