Littré

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This is a bibliography page, concerning a work to which reference is made elsewhere in this guide.


Littré, Émile (1863-77) Dictionnaire de la langue française , four vols (originally issued in 30 parts, 1863-72) 1863-77 with a supplementary volume in 1877, Paris, Hachette
A second edition was published in 1872-1877. The whole work was reprinted in 1950. An on-line version is available at [[1]] (2010).


The Dictionnaire is commonly called simply the "Littré". OED often cites it - it was the reference of choice for French words, origins, etc, in the first edition.

Émile Littré, (1801–81) was a French scholar, philosopher, and lexicographer who began work on his great dictionary of the French language in 1846. His Dictionnaire can be seen as the equivalent of Johnson's Dictionary of English, ass aiming for a comprehensive and historical account of the vocabulary of his language; and it prefigures OED in using as team of readers to collect quotations from a wide range of texts.