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[boz-wel, -wuh l] /ˈbɒzˌwɛl, -wəl/
James, 1740–95, Scottish author: biographer of Samuel Johnson.
any devoted biographer of a specific person.
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[boz-wel-ee-uh n] /bɒzˈwɛl i ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • So early had Boswell made his resolve to be the biographer of Johnson.

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British Dictionary definitions for Boswell


James. 1740–95, Scottish author and lawyer, noted particularly for his Life of Samuel Johnson (1791)
Derived Forms
Boswellian (bɒzˈwɛlɪən) adjective
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