Universal Etymological English Dictionary

Pictures from Nathan Bailey’s Universal Etymological English Dictionary from 1736 (I have the second edition.

You can also read the old dictionary entries that I have typed up from this book.

[picture: Front Cover]

Front Cover

Like many antiquarian books from the eighteenth century, the front cover of Nathan Bailey’s Universal Etymological Dictionary is half-leather; that is, the spine and the fore-edge corners of the cover are bound in leather. If the corners are not covered with leather, the book is [...] [more...]

[picture: Title Page: Bailey's Universal Etymological Dictionary]

Title Page: Bailey’s Universal Etymological Dictionary

The title page of the dictionary: [more...]

[picture: air (a)]

air (a)

Air [in Chymical Writers] is expressed by one of these Characters... [more...]

[picture: air (b)]

air (b)

Air [in Chymical Writers] is expressed by one of these Characters... [more...]

[picture: Snow]

Snow

The 1736 definition for Snow includes explanations of why snow is white and why the sharp points of snowflakes don’t hurt when they land on our skin. [more...]



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