- a weaver.
Origin of webster
- Daniel,1782–1852, U.S. statesman and orator.
- John,c1580–1625?, English dramatist.
- Margaret,1905–72, British stage director, producer, and actress, born in the U.S.
- Noah,1758–1843, U.S. lexicographer and essayist.
- William H(edg·cock) [hej-kok] /ˈhɛdʒˌkɒk/, born 1924, U.S. judge and government official: director of the FBI 1978–87 and of the CIA 1987–91.
- a city in central Massachusetts.
- Also Web·ster's. Informal. a dictionary of the English language.
- Informal. a dictionary of the English language, especially American English, such as Dictionary.com.
Also called Webster's dictionary.
Webster's, as the short name for a dictionary, most likely referred originally to the comprehensive dictionary An American Dictionary of the English Language, written over the course of 27 years by Noah Webster (1758-1843) and first published in 1828. This was not Webster's first dictionary (that one, much smaller, was published in 1806 as A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language ). Nor was Webster necessarily the author of the very first American English dictionary; some scholars assign that honor to one Samuel Johnson (not the Samuel Johnson, famed British lexicographer of a century earlier). But Noah Webster's major dictionary may well be thought of as the first to Americanize the English lexicon, incorporating many words that were distinct parts of American life, like skunk and squash, words that had not previously been recorded in dictionaries, and simplifying British spellings—for example, substituting color for colour and center for centre . For many years, the copyright to the Webster name belonged only to dictionaries published by the G. and C. Merriam Company, later renamed Merriam-Webster. Later, after the name came into the public domain, many dictionaries were able to call themselves Webster's, and the name came to be used frequently as an informal synonym for dictionary , whoever the publisher was and whatever name did or did not appear on the cover.
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Examples from the Web for webster
Of the three nominated, Webster did the best, receiving 12 votes, Gohmert and Yoho received three and two votes, respectively.Democrats Accidentally Save Boehner From Republican Coup
Ben Jacobs, Jackie Kucinich
January 6, 2015
But, together, Webster, Clay, and Calhoun delayed the Civil War for 40 years.Election Day Is Scarier Than Halloween
P. J. O’Rourke
November 1, 2014
The worst of it comes after the gunman delivers a final blow and departs this small grocery store on Webster Avenue in the Bronx.
He hurried back and learned that a group of young men had come in after filming a rap video out on Webster Avenue.
Every chapter is headed with a brief quote from a Jacobean revenge tragedy by the likes of Webster, Kyd, or Jonson.Speed Read: J.K. Rowling Pens Another Winner With ‘The Silkworm’
June 13, 2014
Dan'l Webster opened one eye, closed it and relapsed into slumber.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
Upon that day, therefore, Prof. Webster will undoubtedly be hung.
Webster was half wild with the tumult of the great campaign.
It was not a time for small dealings, and Webster rose to the occasion.
Immediately the office of Webster & Co. was warm with affairs.
- an archaic word for weaver (def. 1)
Old English webbestre, from webba a weaver, from webb web
- Daniel. 1782–1852, US politician and orator
- John. ?1580–?1625, English dramatist, noted for his revenge tragedies The White Devil (?1612) and The Duchess of Malfi (?1613)
- Noah. 1758–1843, US lexicographer, famous for his American Dictionary of the English Language (1828)
Word Origin and History for webster
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