Lexicographer Lex`i*cog"ra*pher (l[e^]ks`[i^]*k[o^]g"r[.a]*f[~e]r), n. [Gr. lexikogra`fos; lexiko`n dictionary + gra`fein to write: cf. F. lexicographe. See {Lexicon}.] The author or compiler of a lexicon or dictionary. [1913 Webster]

Every other author may aspire to praise; the lexicographer can only hope to escape reproach; and even this negative recompense has been yet granted to very few. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

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  • lexicographer — 1650s, from Fr. lexicographe lexicographer, from Gk. lexikographos, from lexikon wordbook (see LEXICON (Cf. lexicon)) + graphos writer, from graphein to write (see GRAPHY (Cf. graphy)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • lexicographer — [lek΄sə käg′rə fər] n. [LGr lexikographos < Gr lexikon, LEXICON + graphein, to write: see GRAPHIC] a person who writes or compiles a dictionary …   English World dictionary

  • Lexicographer — A lexicographer is a person devoted to the study of lexicography, especially an author of a dictionary. Samuel Johnson, himself a lexicographer, defined a lexicographer as a writer of dictionaries; a harmless drudge that busies himself in tracing …   Wikipedia

  • lexicographer — lexicography ► NOUN ▪ the practice of compiling dictionaries. DERIVATIVES lexicographer noun lexicographic adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • lexicographer — noun Etymology: Late Greek lexikographos, from lexikon + Greek graphos writer, from graphein to write Date: 1658 an author or editor of a dictionary …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lexicographer — a writer of dictionaries; a harmless drudge (after Samuel Johnson s Dictionary of the English Language, 1755), but also an excellent way to learn more about a specialised topic such as ichthyology …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • lexicographer — /lek si kog reuh feuhr/, n. a writer, editor, or compiler of a dictionary. [1650 60; < LGk lexikográph(os) (see LEXICON, GRAPH) + ER1] * * * …   Universalium

  • lexicographer — noun One who writes or compiles a dictionary. See Also: lexicography, lexicon, lexicologist …   Wiktionary

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  • lexicographer — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. dictionary writer, definer, etymologist, philologist, polyglot, dictionary maker, dictionarist, lexicologist, lexicographist, glossarian, glossarist, glossologist, glossographer, glottologist, philologer, vocabulist,… …   English dictionary for students

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