A lexicographer is a person devoted to the study of lexicography, especially an author of a dictionary.

Samuel Johnson, himself a lexicographer, defined a lexicographer as "a writer of dictionaries; a harmless drudge that busies himself in tracing the original, and detailing the signification of words". However Jonathon Green, in "Chasing the Sun: Dictionary-Makers and the Dictionaries They Made" (1996) suggests that this was a piece of eighteenth century politeness, and that a clearer indication of Johnson's view is given a little later in the same text where he says "Though a linguist should pride himself to have all the tongues that Babel cleft the world into, yet if he had not . . . studied the lexicons, yet he were nothing so much to be esteemed a learned man as any yeoman competently wise in his mother dialect only".Fact|date=September 2008

Notable lexicographers

*Adam Jack Aitken (Scottish)
*Eliezer Ben-Yehuda (Hebrew)
*Brian A. Garner (Law Dictionary)
*Francis Bacon
*Katherine Barber
*Julian Barnes
*Grant Barrett
*Erin McKean
*Henning Bergenholtz (Danish)
*Ambrose Bierce
*Thomas Blount
*Henry Bradley
*Peter Bowler
*Robert Burchfield
*Thomas Cooper
*William Craigie
*Vladimir Dal
*Tomás de Bhaldraithe
*Susie Dent
*Aurélio Buarque de Holanda Ferreira
*Henry Watson Fowler
*Isaac Kaufmann Funk
*Frederick James Furnivall
*Orin Hargraves
*Hesychius of Alexandria
*Gunapala malalasekera
*A. S. Hornby
*Antônio Houaiss
*Samuel Johnson
*Emmanuel Kriaras
*Władysław Kopaliński (Polish)
*Pierre Larousse
*María Moliner (Spanish)
*James Murray
*Sandro Nielsen (Danish)
*Niall Ó Dónaill
*Sergei Ozhegov
*Francisco J. Santamaría (Spanish)
*Charles Talbut Onions
*Eric Partridge
* [http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josette_Rey-Debove Josette Rey-Debove] (French)
*Peter Mark Roget
*John Simpson
*J.R.R. Tolkien
*Laurence Urdang.
*Magdi Wahba (Egyptian)
*John Walker
*Noah Webster
*Edmund Weiner
*Harischandra Wijayatunga (Sinhala)
*Delfín Carbonell Basset (Spanish and English)
*G Venkatasubbaiah - Kannada
*Yousef Al-Bader (Kuwaiti)
*Sima Guang (Chinese)

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  • lexicographer — 1650s, from Fr. lexicographe lexicographer, from Gk. lexikographos, from lexikon wordbook (see LEXICON (Cf. lexicon)) + graphos writer, from graphein to write (see GRAPHY (Cf. graphy)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • lexicographer — [lek΄sə käg′rə fər] n. [LGr lexikographos < Gr lexikon, LEXICON + graphein, to write: see GRAPHIC] a person who writes or compiles a dictionary …   English World dictionary

  • lexicographer — lexicography ► NOUN ▪ the practice of compiling dictionaries. DERIVATIVES lexicographer noun lexicographic adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • lexicographer — noun Etymology: Late Greek lexikographos, from lexikon + Greek graphos writer, from graphein to write Date: 1658 an author or editor of a dictionary …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • lexicographer — /lek si kog reuh feuhr/, n. a writer, editor, or compiler of a dictionary. [1650 60; < LGk lexikográph(os) (see LEXICON, GRAPH) + ER1] * * * …   Universalium

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