Elyot, Thomas

The first Englishman to write a dictionary.
The first Englishman to write a dictionary.




(c. 1490 – 1546) An English diplomat and scholar whose dictionary — The Dictionary of Sir Thomas Elyot Knight (1538) — was the first English document to be called a dictionary. It translated Latin terms into English. The work was revised in 1548 by Thomas Cooper, Bishop of Winchester, who called it the Bibliotheca Eliotae, and who then used it as the basis of his Thesaurus linguae Romanae et Britannicae (1565).



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