Bos·​well ˈbäz-ˌwel How to pronounce Boswell (audio)
: a person who records in detail the life of a usually famous contemporary
Boswellian adjective
Boswellize verb

Word History


James Boswell

First Known Use

1858, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Boswell was in 1858

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“Boswell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Bos·​well ˈbäz-ˌwel How to pronounce Boswell (audio)
James 1740–1795 Scottish biographer and diarist
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