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

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 Webster, who corresponded with founding fathers like Benjamin Franklin and John Adams, saw lexicography as an act of patriotism. New York Times, 13 Sep. 2021 While the dictionary was partly compiled with 6-by-4-inch slips of paper, as in the 19th century, Ms. Barber was sent to Palo Alto, Calif., and Oxford, England, to learn computational lexicography. New York Times, 16 May 2021 Languages from Aleut to Zulu contain unique terms for our internal lives, and Lomas has gathered thousands of them into an interactive lexicography. Travel, 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 July 2018 Dictionary Stories,’’ perched perilously somewhere between lexicography, automatic writing and flash fiction. Paul Wilner, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Apr. 2018 But lexicography really is patient, slow and yes, sometimes tedious work. The Economist, 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, 11 Aug. 2017 See More

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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 16 May. 2022.

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