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Webster's Collegiate Dictionary



Title: Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. The largest abridgment of Webster's New International Dictionary 2nd Ed.

Author: A.Mirriam Webster

Publisher: G and C Merriam Co., Publishers.

Date: 1946

Imprint: United States

Format: Hardcover. Approx 9" x 6"

Collation: 1274 p. Complere

Edition: Fifth Edition

Condition: Very Good Condition. Has some slight wear to boards. Gold gilt blindstamped on brown faux leather. One previous owner inscription on ffep (1945). Inside is crisp and clean. Overall, this book is in great collectible condition.


This is the collegiate edition which means it has been slightly abriged in order that it may be held in the hand.  The abriged version stems from the 2nd edition of the WNID as noted below.

Webster’s New International Dictionary (second edition, 1934)

The numerous picture plates added to the book's appeal and usefulness, particularly when pertaining to things found in nature. Conversely, the plate showing the coins of the world's important nations quickly proved to be ephemeral. Numerous gold coins from various important countries were included, including American eagles, at a time when it had recently become illegal for Americans to own them, and when most other countries had withdrawn gold from active circulation as well.

Early printings of this dictionary contained the famous dord.

Because of its style and word coverage, “Webster’s Second” is still a popular dictionary. For example, in the case of Miller Brewing Co. v. G. Heileman Brewing Co., Inc., 561 F.2d 75 (7th Cir. 1977) — a trademark dispute in which the terms “lite” and “light” were held to be generic for light beer and therefore available for use by anyone — the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, after considering a definition from Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, wrote that “[T]he comparable definition in the previous, and for many the classic, edition of the same dictionary is as follows:...”




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