Ever wonder who writes dictionaries? They're called lexicographers. A lexicographer studies words and compiles the results into a dictionary.

This is one of several words for a certain type of writer or editor. Just as a playwright writes plays and a poet writes poems, a lexicographer puts together dictionaries. Lexicographer come up with definitions, determines parts of speech, gives pronunciations, and sometimes provides example sentences. Lexicographer need to do a lot of research to make sure they're defining a word correctly; dictionaries are books that people need to trust. If you love words, you might enjoy being a lexicographer.

Definitions of lexicographer
  1. noun
    a compiler or writer of a dictionary; a student of the lexical component of language
    synonyms: lexicologist
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    Nathaniel Bailey
    English lexicographer who was the first to treat etymology consistently; his work was used as a reference by Samuel Johnson (died in 1742)
    Sir William Alexander Craigie
    English lexicographer who was a joint editor of the Oxford English Dictionary (1872-1966)
    John Florio
    English lexicographer remembered for his Italian and English dictionary (1553-1625)
    Henry Watson Fowler
    English lexicographer who wrote a well-known book on English usage (1858-1933)
    Samuel Johnson
    English writer and lexicographer (1709-1784)
    Pierre Athanase Larousse
    French lexicographer (1817-1875)
    Maximilien Paul Emile Littre
    French lexicographer (1801-1881)
    Sir James Augustus Henry Murray
    Scottish philologist and the lexicographer who shaped the Oxford English Dictionary (1837-1915)
    Noah Webster
    United States lexicographer (1758-1843)
    Joseph Emerson Worcester
    United States lexicographer who was accused of plagiarism by Noah Webster (1784-1865)
    a lexicographer who specializes in etymology
    a lexicographer of new words and expressions
    a student of synonyms
    type of:
    a person who compiles information (as for reference purposes)
    linguist, linguistic scientist
    a specialist in linguistics
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