lex·​i·​cog·​ra·​phy | \ ˌlek-sə-ˈkä-grə-fē How to pronounce lexicography (audio) \

Definition of lexicography

1 : the editing or making of a dictionary
2 : the principles and practices of dictionary making

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Other Words from lexicography

lexicographical \ ˌlek-​si-​kō-​ˈgra-​fi-​kəl How to pronounce lexicography (audio) \ or lexicographic \ ˌlek-​si-​kō-​ˈgra-​fik How to pronounce lexicography (audio) \ adjective
lexicographically \ ˌlek-​si-​kō-​ˈgra-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce lexicography (audio) \ adverb

Examples of lexicography in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Languages from Aleut to Zulu contain unique terms for our internal lives, and Lomas has gathered thousands of them into an interactive lexicography. Travel, "Is joy the same in every language?," 22 Dec. 2020 The map has nearly 1,000 regions (i.e., words) so far, and even then, many more have yet to be included (given that the lexicography currently only features around 100 languages, out of some 7,000 worldwide). Tim Lomas, BostonGlobe.com, "1,000 words for happiness," 1 July 2018 Dictionary Stories,’’ perched perilously somewhere between lexicography, automatic writing and flash fiction. Paul Wilner, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Dictionary Stories: Short Fictions and Other Findings,’ by Jez Burrows," 26 Apr. 2018 But lexicography really is patient, slow and yes, sometimes tedious work. The Economist, "JohnsonA history of slang charts the change in taboos," 19 Oct. 2017 But translating a Japanese novel about lexicography — a story in which language itself is a character — is boldness of an entirely different order. Janice P. Nimura, New York Times, "Fiction From Japan, for the Old World and the New," 11 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of lexicography

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Lexicography.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lexicography. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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