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Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Definitions for lexicographer

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

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Citations for lexicographer
For your lexicographer, having written his dictionary, comes to be considered "as one having authority," whereas his function is only to make a record, not to give a law. Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, 1911
If all you need is the linguistic equivalent of training wheels, you can do what readers, writers and lexicographers have done for hundreds of years: look for models. Most of the words you know and love and use every day are not words you learned by looking them up in a dictionary and reading a definition. They’re words you learned by seeing them used by other writers. And that’s how dictionary editors work, too. Erin McKean, "Using Undictionaried Words," New York Times, June 4, 2012
Origin of lexicographer
Lexicographer descends from the Late Greek lexikográphos. Lexicon meaning "a wordbook or dictionary" comes from the Greek léxis meaning "speech, word."