Lexicons of Early Modern English (LEME)

Lexicons of Early Modern English (LEME) searches and displays word-entries from monolingual English dictionaries, bilingual lexicons, technical vocabularies, and other encyclopedic-lexical works, dating from the period 1480-1702. In August 2015 the website contained over 200 searchable lexicons, and almost 723.000 word entries. (a list of all lexicons is available, by date, title, author, subject, or genre)

There are two versions of LEME, a public one and a licensed one. The public one allows anyone to do searches, but lacks advanced retrieval options, such as proximity and Boolean queries, regular expressions, etc. By searching for a word, all the corresponding entries from all of the lexicons are displayed. Queries can be restricted to one or more individual works in LEME, and up to 100 word-entries in which a queried word occurs may be retrieved. Context-sensitive help for searching is available.

The word-entries are shown in modern edition, accompanied by extensive additional information.

The University of Toronto Library and Press are partners for this project.

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