|Short description:||Cockeram publishes 'English Dictionarie'|
|Medium description:||Henry Cockeram publishes 'The English dictionarie: an interpreter of hard English words'. The first English dictionary to term itself a dictionary. Printed and sold by Edmund Weaver (Starnes &Noyes, 1991).|
Divided into three 'bookes'; 'the choicest words,' 'the vulgar words,' and an encyclopedic third part.
'The vulgar words' section consists of Latin words taken from Rider's (and Holyoke's revision) English-Latin word list with Cockeram's "Anglicize Rider's Latin equivalents" (Starnes & Noyes, 1991, p.33). Some of these entries were in current usage but others were likely to be Cockeram's own some of which entered the English lexicon.
Contains first recording of the word homophone ('homophon') (Salomon).