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This app is a recreation of the Noah Webster 1828 two-volume dictionary. A wonderful resource for those studying American heritage and Christian studies.

This app is a recreation of the Noah Webster 1828 two-volume dictionary. Its intrinsic value will not only be of great interest to those studying American heritage and Christian studies, but also to writers and those exploring poetry.

Noah Websters 1828 American Dictionary contains the greatest number of Biblical definitions given in any reference volume. It is an invaluable resource written when American values and patriotism were based on Christian values.

Of interest to poets and writers, The Noah Webster dictionary was used extensively by Emily Dickinson. We know that she made frequent and extensive use of Noah Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language in writing her poems, paying attention not only to the definitions but also to Webster's etymologies and his illustrative quotations.

Being able to see how definitions have evolved today is fascinating, and a great resource when studying.

You can easily search or browse the entire dictionary and add favourites to revisit later.

App design by professional app developer NASDA Studios.

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Ratings and Reviews

Powerful and Insightful

First of all: THIS IS NOT YOUR AVERAGE DICTIONARY! It will not have modern words/definitions! You will be disappointed if you want that!

Having said that, I have found this unique dictionary to be incredibly useful, when trying to understand words from a different era. It is insightful how a word can evolve over time and have a different meaning from one time period to another. I don’t like assuming what author’s are trying to say- and interpret their words through MY viewpoint. So when I’m reading American Authors at the turn of the century this dictionary is so enlightening!

(Side-Note: as to where this dictionary originated)
Daniel Webster (the author) felt compelled to write a dictionary for Americans and set a standard for how to spell and define words from an American’s point of view. Prior to his dictionary there was quite a bit of confusion for what a standard was for so many words that were spoken/written in America. You can imagine how school teachers, writers, lawyers, judges an so forth had a hard time communicating/educating. For this reason Webster took it upon himself to painstakingly work on a dictionary! Which makes him a very intriguing man to me. As a lot of men from his time- he was not boxed in by just one career or fixated on One speciality- but rather was multifaceted. This dictionary is a direct result of how American English broke from England’s way of spelling and vernacular.

Excellent Resource, however...

This is a remarkable resource. The interface is clean and easy to use.

However, as someone who is vision impaired, it would be very helpful if I could enlarge the font sizes within the app or zoom in on the screen.

With that being said, I still highly recommend this app.

Tremendous-Especially from a biblical perspective.

I love this dictionary. It not only gives the definition, but he gives biblical examples as well. Which I love in this app.
If all you had was the word of God and this dictionary, we have godly scholars today!

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 Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828 Edition

Noah Webster's 1828 American Dictionary of the English Languagewas produced during the years when the American home, church and school were established upon a Biblical and patriotic basis. Webster made important contributions to an American educational system which kept the nation on a Christian Constitutional course for many years.

It is not surprising, therefore, that the 1828 American Dictionary should contain the greatest number of Biblical definitions given in any reference volume. Webster considered "education useless without the Bible" and while he cautioned against too extensive use of the Bible in schools as "tending to irreverence," he reiterated, "In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government, ought to be instructed... No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people..."

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Documents that Changed the World: Noah Webster’s dictionary, 1828

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May 26, 2016

Noah Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language, published in 1828, title page shown here. Webster's work is the subject of an installment of Joe Janes' Documents that Changed the World podcast series.

Noah Webster’s American Dictionary of the English Language, published in 1828.Wikipedia

It’s twilight time for printed dictionaries, whose word-filled bulk weighed down desks, held open doors and by turns inspired and intimidated writers searching for the perfect word.

Lexicography — the making of dictionaries — has gone digital. Though a few are still published, the dictionary’s time as printed, bound documents is almost up.

In this meantime, Joe Janes turns the attention of his Documents that Changed the World podcast series to the man as firmly identified with dictionaries as Hershey is with chocolate, Noah Webster, and the 70,000-word “American Dictionary of the English language” he published in 1828. It was one of the last dictionaries to be compiled by a single person.

Documents that Changed the World:
Noah Webster’s dictionary, 1828.

In the podcasts, Janes, an associate professor in the UW Information School, explores the origin and often evolving meaning of historical documents, both famous and less known. All the podcasts are available online through the iSchool website, and on iTunes, where the series has more than 250,000 downloads.

Webster, who lived from 1758 to 1843, was at times a failed farmer, an uninspired teacher, a state representative, a co-founder of Amherst College, a copyright advocate and a friend of George Washington once dubbed by biographer as a “forgotten founding father.” He was also a Federalist and dedicated revolutionary who deeply loved his country.

Though the first English dictionary dates back to 1604, it was Webster and his 1828 volume that was credited with capturing the language of the new nation. Janes said, “This dictionary was the first serious articulation of American English as it was growing increasingly distinct from the British variety.”

And that was clearly Webster’s intention, as stated in the dictionary’s preface: “Language is the expression of ideas; and if the people of one country cannot preserve an identity of ideas, they cannot retain an identity of language.”

Webster was also enthusiastic about spelling reform, Janes notes. “He had more luck there than most; we have him to thank for Americanized spellings of ‘favor,’ and ‘theater’ and ‘defense'” as well as the word “Americanize” itself,” Janes says. “But he didn’t get away with ‘tung,’ ‘ake’ or dropping the final ‘e’ from words like ‘doctrine.'”

Words define languages, Janes says, and in turn languages help to define cultures and societies.

“And people define words, as the last man who tried to define them all himself knew — in the process trying also to define and distinguish his developing nation.”


For more about this or any of the Documents that Changed the World podcasts, contact Janes at [email protected]

Previous installments of the “Documents that Changed the World” series

  • Series introduction/President Obama’s Birth Certificate
  • The Nineteenth Amendment
  • John Snow’s cholera map, 1854
  • Mao’s ‘Little Red Book’
  • The Internet Protocol, 1981
  • The AIDS Memorial Quilt
  • An 18 1/2-minute presidential mystery
  • Gutenberg indulgence, 1454
  • ‘Robert’s Rules of Order’
  • The fraudulent ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion’
  • A papal resignation
  • The ‘Casablanca’ letters of transit
  • ‘What is the Third Estate?’ 1789
  • Alfred Binet’s IQ test, 1905
  • Einstein’s letter to FDR, 1939
  • The Riot Act, 1714
  • The Rosetta Stone
  • The Zapruder film, Nov. 22, 1963
  • The Book of Mormon
  • The DSM, 1952
  • Airline ‘black box’ flight data recorder, 1958
  • Alaska Purchase Check, 1868
  • Zimmerman Telegram, 1917
  • Rules of Association Football (Soccer), 1863
  • The Star Spangled Banner, 1814
  • Joseph McCarthy’s ‘list,’ 1950
  • Rosie the Riveter Poster, 1943
  • Exaltation of Inanna, 2300 BCE
  • Annals of the World, 1650
  • Charles Richter’s seismic scale, 1935
  • Alfred Nobel’s will, 1895
  • The Vietnam War Memorial, 1982
  • FDR’s Thanksgiving proclamation, 1939
  • The Fannie Farmer Cookbook, 1896
  • The Declaration of Independence’s deleted passage on slavery, 1776
  • ‘Hanging chads’ and butterfly ballots — Florida, 2000
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Happy Birthday, Webster's 1828!

April 14 is the anniversary of the publication of Noah Webster’s famous dictionary, which bore the deliberately patriotic title An American Dictionary of the English Language. Here is the rationale for his project from the Preface:

It is not only important, but, in a degree necessary, that the people of this country, should have an American Dictionary of the English language; for, although the body of the language is the same as in England, and it is desirable to perpetuate that sameness, yet some differences must exist. Language is an expression of ideas; and if the people of one country cannot preserve an identity of ideas, they cannot retain an identity of language.

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Noah Webster's famous dictionary, published on this day in 1828, shaped what we now consider American spelling. But ultimately, the choice of which spellings to adopt is made in the most democratic way possible: by public use and acceptance.

In 1828, the United States was still a new and fragile country—far from a world power. With that in mind, it’s remarkable to note that Webster went on to make an extraordinary prediction:

It has been my aim in this work, now offered to my fellow citizens, to ascertain the true principles of the language, in its orthography and structure; to purify it from some palpable errors, and reduce the number of its anomalies, thus giving it more regularity and consistency of forms, both of words and sentences; and in this manner, to furnish a standard of our vernacular tongue, which we shall not be ashamed to bequeath to three hundred millions of people, who are destined to occupy, and I hope, to adorn the vast territory within our jurisdiction.

Considering that the census of 1830 listed the population of the U.S. as 13 million people, Webster showed astonishing clairvoyance with this statement. In the preface of his smaller dictionary of 1806, he asserted that American English would be “spoken by more people, than all the other dialects of the language,” which also came true. He also gave a perfect linguistic rationale for a new dictionary:

Every man of common reading knows that a living language must necessarily suffer gradual changes in its current words, in the significations of many words, and in pronunciation.

It’s interesting to see that his stated goal with the dictionary was to “purify” the language, not by inventing new rules but, according to Webster, by reasserting old ones. His ideas about spelling contributed to what we now recognize as the differences between American English spellings and British English spellings—think of colour/color, or theatre/theater, or realise/realize.

We usually understand Webster’s spelling reforms as a purifying zeal for simplicity and American identity, but the truth is a bit more complex. He recommended deleting the a in words like leather and feather, asserting, correctly, that the a served no phonetic purpose and that it was not present in Old English. (Covering his bets, he put both spellings side-by-side in his 1828 edition; in the 1806 he set the letter a in those words in italics.) He invoked rules of Latin phonetics to remove the k from words like publick and musick: “To add k after c in such words is beyond measure absurd.”

Webster also preferred tung for tongue, not only because it was more phonetically spelled, but because it was an Old English spelling. As we know, tung didn’t catch on, nor did lether and fether. Despite his desire to control and fix the language, the ultimate decision of which spellings are adopted is made in the most democratic way possible: by public use and acceptance. Webster's struggle to embrace inevitable change in some cases and to retain recognizable convention in others mirrors the way that languages evolve: slowly and untidily.

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Dictionary 1828

American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

This online edition has been carefully prepared in a proprietary format. All of the words, definitions and examples have been preserved, but the explanations of word origins have been omitted to make using the data in a digital format more accessible. We have omitted Webster's lengthy technical introduction for the same reason.

Scripture references have been standardized in a modern format, and many abbreviations have been expanded for ease in understanding.

Word of the Day


HOARY, noun [See Hoar.] White or whitish; as the hoary willows.

1. White or gray with age; as hoary hairs; a hoary head.

Reverence the hoary head.

2. Moldy; mossy, or covered with a white pubescence.

First Occurrence in the Bible(KJV): Leviticus 19:32


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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

Noah Webster’s 1828

Noah Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language will enrich your understanding of the English language and is a invaluable tool for daily study. This beautiful and durable dictionary is essential for scholars, students, home educating families, pastors, educators or anyone conducting in-depth research and is a necessity in any home.

The dictionary presents definitions in a clear manner with comprehensive explanations, often excluded from modern dictionaries. It defines words using their full etymology, tracing roots in 26 languages and explains meanings using examples from literature, historic documents, the Bible and other classic sources. It is also a valuable primary source document for historians and legal scholars, since it reflects English usage during America’s founding generation. 

This tool can be the turning point for you to be more effective in communicating Christian principles used in government, economics, and marketing, or for your student to clearly understand how the Bible has influenced every area of life. It will strengthen your vocabulary, equip you for Christian leadership, give you an edge in communicating your view and become an indispensable tool for thinking and reasoning Biblically.

“Why Every American Christian Home Should Have the Noah Webster 1828 Dictionary.” 

The facsimile edition includes Volume I and Volume II of Webster’s original dictionary, plus a biography of Noah Webster. This hardcover edition features a green vellum hardcover with a gold stamped, embossed eagle designed by Paul Revere and is 2,000 pages.

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