lexicographer lexicographer  /ˌlɛk sɪ ˈkɑ ɡrə fər/

Definition(s):

  • (n) a compiler or writer of a dictionary; a student of the lexical component of language

Usage(s):

  1. The Department of Agriculture set out to become lexicographer and authority in its own field.
  2. Many words in a given language can be traced to their root origins by a skilled lexicographer.

News

  • Letter: Things to be admired

    Big things are to be admired, even stupidity. So said Samuel Johnson, 18th century lexicographer, critic, poet and conversationalist. All of which brings to mind regulations, ordinances, procedures and so forth that stultify progress.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Gloucester-Mathews Gazette-Journal

Quotes

  1. A social critic over a century later than Johnson, Ambrose Bierce, commented in his Devil's Dictionary: "With all due respect to an enlightened but inferior lexicographer, I beg to submit that it is the first."
    on Jun 25, 2009 By: Samuel Johnson Source: New York Times

  2. Grant Barrett, a freelance lexicographer based in New York and vice-president of the American Dialect Society, told New Scientist magazine: "There is an explosion in this kind of work. No savvy lexicographer ignores Urban Dictionary. Its visitors...
    on Jan 30, 2008 By: Grant Barrett Source: Telegraph.co.uk

Word of the Day
ambivalent ambivalent
/æm ˈbɪ və lənt /