Lexicons of Early Modern English now includes over 713,000 word-entries!

leme logoLexicons of Early Modern English now includes over 713,000 word-entries!

Lexicons of Early Modern English is a growing historical database offering scholars unprecedented access to early books and manuscripts documenting the growth and development of the English language.

With the recent additions of the immense Latin-English text, Ortus Vocabulorum, White Kennett’s very detailed etymological work, Parochial Antiquities (1695), and Nathan Bailey’s 900-page Universal Etymological English Dictionary (1737), this incredible resource now boasts more than 713,000 word entries! The addition of Ortus Vocabulorum completes LEME’s series of the four large Latin and English dictionaries in manuscript and print at the end of the fifteenth century (Promptorium Parvulorum, Catholicon Anglicum, Medulla Grammatice in Pepys MS 2002, and Ortus).

Recently added to Lexicons of Early Modern English

Coming soon to LEME

  • Henry Hexham, A Copious English and Netherdutch Dictionary (1641-42)
  • Richard Hogarth, Gazophylacium Anglicanum (1689)

Use Modern Techniques to Research Early Modern English!

203 searchable lexicons
152 fully analyzed lexicons
713,402 total word entries
493,827 fully analyzed word entries
60,891 total English modern headwords

LEME sets the standard for modern linguistic research on the English language. LEME provides researchers with more than 710,000 word-entries from 203 monolingual, bilingual, and polyglot dictionaries, lexical encyclopedias, hard-word glossaries, spelling lists, and lexically-valuable treatises surviving in print or manuscript from the Tudor, Stuart, Caroline, Commonwealth, and Restoration periods.

LEME provides exciting opportunities for research for historians of the English language. More than a half-million word-entries devised by contemporary speakers of early modern English describe the meaning of words, and their equivalents in languages such as French, Italian, Spanish, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, and other tongues encountered then in Europe, America, and Asia.

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