lexicographer

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Etymology[edit]

From French lexicographe, from Ancient Greek λεξικός (lexikós, of words) + γράφω (gráphō, write); synchronically, lexico- +‎ -grapher.

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lexicographer (plural lexicographers)

  1. One who writes or compiles a dictionary
    • 1755, Samuel Johnson, A Dictionary of the English Language:
      A writer of dictionaries; a harmless drudge that busies himself in tracing the original, and detailing the signification of words.
    • 1811, George Gordon Byron, Hints from Horace:
      Pitt has furnish'd us a word or two / Which lexicographers declined to do.
    • 1860, Thomas Babington Macaulay, Biographies contributed to the Encyclopædia Britannica:
      The best lexicographer may well be content if his productions are received by the world with cold esteem.

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