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From French lexicographe + -er, from Ancient Greek λεξικός (lexikós, of words) + γράφω (gráphō, write). By surface analysis, lexico- +‎ -grapher.


  • IPA(key): /ˌlɛksɪˈkɒɡɹəfə(ɹ)/
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lexicographer (plural lexicographers)

  1. One who writes or compiles a dictionary.
    Synonyms: dictionarian, dictionarist, lexicographist
    • [1755 April 15, Samuel Johnson, “Lexico′grapher”, in A Dictionary of the English Language: [] , volumes II (L–Z), London: [] J[ohn] and P[aul] Knapton;  [], →OCLC, column 1:
      Lexico′grapher. [...] 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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