Webster’s Dictionary of American Language was printed on April 14, 1818. Compiled and written by Noah Webster, a lawyer, this dictionary was the first to focus on American terminology (including over 10,000 American terms) and helped standardize American spelling.
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Law dictionaries are vital study aids for students and references for professionals. An exhibit located in the flat cases on the 2nd floor of the library highlights the various dictionaries available at the Seattle University Law Library. From a dictionary over 300 years old to modern and specialized dictionaries, this exhibit demonstrates the convenience and usefulness of law dictionaries throughout time.