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  1. a writer, editor, or compiler of a dictionary.
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Origin of lexicographer

1650–60; < Late Greek lexikográph(os) (see lexicon, -graph) + -er1
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Examples from the Web for lexicographer

Historical Examples

  • A game said to be played with cards for some purpose to this lexicographer unknown.

    The Devil's Dictionary

    Ambrose Bierce

  • Joseph Emerson Worcester, a celebrated American lexicographer.

  • It is as a lexicographer, however, that Barker is chiefly known.

  • Man has been defined by some lexicographer as a “cooking animal.”

    Shifting Winds

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • He was Noah Webster, then at the beginning of his stormy career as a lexicographer.

    The American Language

    Henry L. Mencken

Word Origin and History for lexicographer


1650s, from French lexicographe "lexicographer," from Greek lexikographos, from lexikon "wordbook" (see lexicon) + -graphos "writer," from graphein "to write" (see -graphy).

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