American Dictionary of the English Language
Language Dictionary, Webster, dictionary, english
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Noah Webster (1758–1843), the author of the readers and spelling books that dominated the American market at the time, spent decades of research in compiling his dictionaries. His first dictionary, A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language, appeared in 1806. In it, he introduced features that would be a hallmark of future editions such as American spellings (center rather than centre, honor rather than honour, program rather than programme, etc.) and included technical terms from the arts and sciences rather than confining his dictionary to literary words. In 1828 he published the first edition of his American Dictionary of the English Language. It was the first comprehensive inventory of the vocabulary of American English. For the next 15 years until his death in 1843, Webster corrected errors and added thousands of additional entries. This is the second edition that was published in 1844.
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Hallen, Cynthia and Webster, Noah, "American Dictionary of the English Language" (1844). WordCruncher. 2.
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