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List of famous dictionary books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular dictionary books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best dictionary novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

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A New Dictionary of the Terms ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Dictionary Books and Novels
B. E. A New Dictionary of the Terms Ancient and Modern of the Canting Crew is a dictionary of English cant and slang by a compiler known only by the initials B. E., first published in London c. 1698. ...more

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Aquí comiença un vocabulario e... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Dictionary Books and Novels
Alonso de Molina Aquí comiença un vocabulario en la lengua castellana y mexicana is a Spanish-to-Nahuatl dictionary by Alonso de Molina published in 1555. It was the first dictionary to be ...more

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Concise Oxford English Diction... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Dictionary Books and Novels
The Concise Oxford English Dictionary is probably the best-known of the 'smaller' Oxford dictionaries. The latest edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary contains over 240,000 entries ...more

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Diccionario de la lengua españ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Dictionary Books and Novels
The Diccionario de la lengua española, also known as the Diccionario de la Real Academia Española, is the most authoritative dictionary of the Spanish language. It is produced, ...more

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Dictionary of Scientific Biogr... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Dictionary Books and Novels
The Dictionary of Scientific Biography is a scholarly reference work that was published from 1970 through 1980. It is supplemented by the New Dictionary of Scientific Biography. Both these ...more

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Dizionario etimologico del mon... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Dictionary Books and Novels

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Duden is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Dictionary Books and Novels
Konrad Duden The Duden is a dictionary of the German language, first published by Konrad Duden in 1880. The Duden is updated regularly, with new editions appearing every four or five years. As of August 2013 ...more

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Even-Shoshan Dictionary is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Dictionary Books and Novels
Avraham Even-Shoshan The Hebrew dictionary by Avraham Even-Shoshan, commonly known as the Even-Shoshan dictionary, was first published as "מִלּוֹן חָדָשׁ", later as "הַמִּלּוֹן הֶחָדָשׁ", and ...more

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Garner's Modern American Usage is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Dictionary Books and Novels
Garner's Modern American Usage, edited by Bryan Garner, is a usage guide for contemporary American English. It covers issues of usage, pronunciation, and style, from distinctions among commonly ...more

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Geographical Dictionary of the... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Dictionary Books and Novels
The Geographical Dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland and other Slavic Countries is a monumental Polish gazetteer, published 1880–1902 in Warsaw by Filip Sulimierski, Bronisław Chlebowski, ...more

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Great Dictionary of the Indone... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Dictionary Books and Novels
The Editorial Team staff The Great Dictionary of the Indonesian Language of the Language Center is the official dictionary of the Indonesian language. Produced by the Language Center of the Indonesian Department of ...more

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Grove Dictionary of Art is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Dictionary Books and Novels
Oxford Art Online, is a large encyclopedia of art, now part of the online reference publications of Oxford University Press, and previously a 34-volume printed encyclopedia first published by ...more

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Guide Mayer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Dictionary Books and Novels
Mayer International Auction Records aka Guide Mayer is listing international art auctions results as a dictionary for both fine art amateurs and collectors as well as art market professionals ...more

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Kitab al-'Ayn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Dictionary Books and Novels
Khalil ibn Ahmad Kitab al-Ayn, written by Al-Khalil ibn Ahmad al-Farahidi, was the first ever dictionary for the Arabic language. Ayn is the deepest letter in Arabic, though it also means a water source in the ...more

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Oxford Dictionary of English is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Dictionary Books and Novels
The Oxford Dictionary of English is a single-volume English dictionary published by Oxford University Press, first published in 1998 as The New Oxford Dictionary of English. The word ...more

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Nippo Jisho is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Dictionary Books and Novels
The Nippo Jisho or Vocabvlario da Lingoa de Iapam was a Japanese to Portuguese dictionary compiled by Jesuits missionaries and published in Nagasaki, Japan in 1603. It contains entries for ...more

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Oxford-Hachette French Diction... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Dictionary Books and Novels
The Oxford-Hachette French to English/English to French Dictionary is one of the most comprehensive and recent bilingual French–English/English–French dictionaries. It was the first such ...more

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Samuel Johnson's Dictionary: S... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Dictionary Books and Novels
Samuel Johnson Samuel Johnson's Dictionary: Selections from the 1755 Work That Defined the English Language is a book by Samuel Johnson.

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Shorter Oxford English Diction... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Dictionary Books and Novels
The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, often abbreviated to SOED, is a scaled-down version of the Oxford English Dictionary. It comprises two volumes rather than the twenty needed for the full ...more

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Fowler's modern English usage is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Dictionary Books and Novels
Henry Watson Fowler The New Fowler's Modern English Usage is a book by H. W. Fowler and edited by R. W. Burchfield.

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The Petroleum Dictionary is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Dictionary Books and Novels
Lalia Phipps Boone The Petroleum Dictionary is a dictionary covering terms used in the American oil industry. It was compiled by Lalia Phipps Boone and was first published by the University of Oklahoma Press in

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Van Dale is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Dictionary Books and Novels
Van Dale Van Dale's Great Dictionary of the Dutch Language, called “Dikke van Dale” for short, is the leading dictionary of the Dutch language. First published in 1874, as of 2005 it lists definitions of ...more

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Vocabulario en lengua castella... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Dictionary Books and Novels
Alonso de Molina Vocabulario en lengua castellana y mexicana is a bilingual dictionary of Spanish and Nahuatl by Alonso de Molina, first published in 1571. It has approximately 23,600 entries, and grew out of ...more

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Vocabulario manual de las leng... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Dictionary Books and Novels
Pedro de Arenas Vocabulario manual de las lenguas castellana y mexicana is a Spanish-Nahuatl dictionary by Pedro de Arenas, first published some time before 1611. It was one of the most popular Nahuatl ...more

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World Book Dictionary is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Dictionary Books and Novels
The World Book Dictionary is a two-volume English dictionary published as a supplement to the World Book Encyclopedia. It was originally published in 1963 under the editorship of Clarence ...more