American Dict. of the English Lang. (Webster, 1828) [Historical]

Webster, Noah, ed. An American Dictionary of the English Language. 1970 reprint ed. 2 vols. New York: Johnson Reprint, 1828.

The publication of this dictionary was the seminal event in defining and standardizing the American dialect. While the study of the language has come a long way since Webster’s day, this work remains important as a snapshot description of American English in the opening decades of the nineteenth century. Note that the term “Webster’s” is not trademarked and is meaningless as a reference to modern dictionaries.

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