lexicographer

noun
lex·​i·​cog·​ra·​pher | \ ˌlek-sə-ˈkä-grə-fər How to pronounce lexicographer (audio) \

Definition of lexicographer

: an author or editor of a dictionary

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Today, we're looking at a word that is dear to our hearts: lexicographer. The ancient Greeks were some of the earliest makers of dictionaries; they used them mainly to catalog obsolete terms from their rich literary past. To create a word for writers of dictionaries, the Greeks sensibly attached the suffix -graphos, meaning "writer," to lexikon, meaning "dictionary," to form lexikographos, the direct ancestor of the English word lexicographer. Lexikon, which itself descends from Greek lexis (meaning "word" or "speech"), also gave us lexicon, which can mean either "dictionary" or "the vocabulary of a language, speaker, or subject."

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First Known Use of lexicographer

1625, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lexicographer

Late Greek lexikographos, from lexikon + Greek -graphos writer, from graphein to write

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“Lexicographer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lexicographer. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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