The Webster Dictionary received its name from American lexicographer Noah Webster. Today, it is the most widely used dictionary throughout the United States and Canada. The Merriam Webster dictionary was the first reference work to publish the usage of American spelling and other North-American regionalisms. In other words, the Merriam Webster can be seen as the birth certificate for the American English, and it became the benchmark through which American writers and scholars had an authoritative work to rely on.
Noah Webster also published many popular readers and educational books for his generation. It was not until 1806 that his first dictionary, A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language, was published.
Merriam-Webster is one of the largest and most prominent publishing houses in the United States for materials related to language, including the Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate© Dictionary, and many other print and electronic products.
Based on its print counterpart, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate© Dictionary (11th Edition), the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary compiles all you find in the print version and more: Abbreviations, a vast array of commonly used foreign words and phrases, bibliographical references, thousands of illustrations and geographical names.
"Not just Webster" was a phrase coined by the Merriam-Webster company in 1991 to differentiate its products from others as well as placing the focus on the longstanding tradition and quality that only the Merriam Webster dictionary works can provide.
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