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Legal Dictionaries

Historic English Dictionaries (pre-1950)

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Spinelli's Law Library Reference Shelf: Dictionaries
Available on HeinOnline. Can browse by title, author, date, and subject.  Includes American, English, and foreign language dictionaries. Earliest dictionaries date back to the 1500s.

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A Compendious Law Dictionary Printer varies
Also referred to as Pott's Law Dictionary.

A Dictionary of English Law Sweet & Maxwell
Also referred to as Byrne's Dictionary.

        • Library has print access to 1923 printing.
        • Library has online access to 1923 printing on HeinOnline.

A Law Dictionary: or the Interpreter of Words and Terms Printer varies
Also referred to as Cowel's Interpreter.

The Law Dictionary Printer varies
Also referred to as Jacob's Law Dictionary.

The Law-Dictionary, Explaining the Rise, Progress, and Present State, of the British Law R.H. Small

A Law-Dictionary and Glossary Printers vary
Also Referred to as Blount's Law Dictionary.

The Law Lexicon, or Dictionary of Jurisprudence I.G. M'Kinley & J.M.G. Lescure

A New and Complete Law Dictionary, or, General Abridgement of the Law Printers vary
Also referred to as Cunningham's Law Dictionary.

A New Law Dictionary J. & W.T. Clarke
Also referred to as Whishaw's Law Dictionary.

        • Library has print access to 1829 printing.
        • Library has online access to 1829 printing on HeinOnline.

A New Law Dictionary William Crofts

A New Law Dictionary and Institute of the Whole Law Stevens & Haynes
Also referred to as Brown's Law Dictionary.

        • Library has print access to 1874 printing.
        • Library has online access to 1874 printing on HeinOnline.

A New Law Dictionary: Intended for General Use as well as for Gentlemen of the Profession Printer varies
Also Referred to as Burn's Law Dictionary.

The Student's Law Dictionary Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling, for J. Hodges
Also referred to as the Compleat English Law Expositor.

        • Library has print access to 1740 printing.

Supplement to the Judicial Dictionary of Words and Phrases Judicially Interpreted, and of Statutory Definitions Sweet & Maxwell, Stevens and Sons
Also referred to as Stroud's Judicial Dictionary.

Wharton's Law-Lexicon Printer varies

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Additional historic legal dictionaries are available to most Jenkins members on HeinOnline in Spinelli's Law Library Reference Shelf.