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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.


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

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

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

Research Tip

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