Johnson, Samuel

Samuel Johnson in about 1772, as painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds.
Samuel Johnson in about 1772,
as painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds.





(1709 - 1784) Though he didn't create the first English dictionary, he did create a work that was so much better researched, organized, and written — and so much more comprehensive — than its predecessors that it is considered the first proper dictionary of the English language.

In 19th-century England, when people looked something up in "the dictionary," they meant Johnson's dictionary.

To peruse an 1828 version of the complete dictionary, click here.

Example -

To view some other examples of Johnson's work:
(1) Preface to a Dictionary of the English Language
(2) A Grammar of the English Tongue
(3) Click here to download Johnson's dictionary in full.



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