Dictionaries of the Late Eighteenth Century

This page is derived from a paper in The George Washington Law Review. This page is intended to make all thirteen of the dictionaries referenced in that paper easily accessible, by providing links to each one of them.


English Language Dictionaries from the Founding Era


John Ash, New and Complete Dictionary of the English Language (1775 -- Vol. 1)

A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I&J   K   L   M

John Ash, New and Complete Dictionary of the English Language (1775 -- Vol. 2)

N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U&V   W   X   Y   Z     Supplement

Nathan Bailey, An Universal Etymological English Dictionary (London, T. Waller, 4th ed. 1756)

A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I&J   K   L   M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U&V   W   X   Y   Z     Slang

James Barclay, A Complete and Universal English Dictionary (1792)

A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I&J   K   L   M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U&V   W   X   Y   Z

Thomas Dyche & William Pardon, A New General English Dictionary (18th ed. 1781)

A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I&J   K   L   M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U&V   W   X   Y   Z

Samuel Johnson, A Dictionary of the English Language (10th Ed. 1792)

William Perry, The Royal Standard English Dictionary (1788)

Thomas Sheridan, A Complete Dictionary of The English Language (3d ed. 1790 -- Vol. 1)

Thomas Sheridan, A Complete Dictionary of The English Language (3d ed. 1790 -- Vol. 2)

John Walker, A Critical Pronouncing Dictionary (1791)

Noah Webster, An American Dictionary of the English Language (1828)


Legal Dictionaries from the Founding Era


Richard Burn & John Burn, A New Law Dictionary(1792)

Timothy Cunningham, A New and Complete Law Dictionary (1764 -- Vol. 1)

Timothy Cunningham, A New and Complete Law Dictionary (1764 -- Vol. 2)

Giles Jacob, A New Law Dictionary (6th ed. 1750)

Thomas Potts, A Compendious Law Dictionary (1803)