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A Dictionary of the English Language

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Title A Dictionary of the English Language
Description Contracted by a group of British booksellers in 1746 to document the state of the English language, Samuel Johnson wrote what is considered to be the first great dictionary of its time—one that influenced how all subsequent dictionaries would be written—in only nine years. Johnson's description of lunch: "as much food as one's hand can hold."
Creator Samuel Johnson
Source Rare Book Division
Publisher J. and P. Knapton; J. and T. Longman
Date 1755
Relation London



Samuel Johnson, “A Dictionary of the English Language,” Lunch Hour NYC, accessed October 25, 2021, http://exhibitions.nypl.org/lunchhour/items/show/413.