National Dictionary Day - October 16
Sun, Oct 16, 2022

National Dictionary Day

On October 16, National Dictionary Day celebrates the birthday of Noah Webster, the creator of the first dictionary. Even after the publication of his dictionary, Webster continued to expand and add to it over the next 27 years. As a result, thanks to his efforts, a large-scale work was created, which includes a huge number of words and terms with spelling updates.


The father of the first dictionary was born in the state of Connecticut, in the city of Hartford, in 1758 in the family of an artisan farmer and a housewife. Growing up in a typical colonial family, Noah at the age of 16 went to study at Connecticut’s first college, Yale. After graduating from the Faculty of Law, he took up science and teaching. In 1783 he published the first English grammar book, and this little blue book became very popular.

However, Webster soon felt that he was closely within the framework of academic English. From 1801, he began to collect material for a dictionary, defining rare terms in American English, which differed significantly from the language spoken in England. In addition, the scientist moved to the city of Amherst in Massachusetts to later establish Amherst College there. In 1806, Webster created his first dictionary, which contained about 37 words. But this result did not satisfy Noah, so in 1828 he released an updated dictionary – now it contained over 65 thousand words.

Interesting facts

  • during his life, Noah Webster learned 26 new languages ​​while creating dictionaries;
  • in the 1800s, the first dictionary cost $6 per book;
  • Webster was engaged not only in linguistics, but also in social issues: he opposed slavery, and even before the appearance of irrefutable evidence of global warming, he was already involved in the discussion of this issue;
  • the great nephew of the scientist was the great poet T. S. Eliot.

How to celebrate

On the occasion of National Dictionary Day, you can try to learn some new, but useful words, thanks to which you can make your everyday speech more interesting and richer. Try playing Scrabble or another similar word game during your next meeting with friends. In the store on the occasion of the national day, you can buy a dictionary or reference book – it is quite possible that in the future, when the meaning of a word cannot be found on the Internet, it may be found in a book.

When is National Dictionary Day celebrated in 2022?

National Dictionary Day is observed on October 16 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Sunday October 16 2022
Monday October 16 2023
Wednesday October 16 2024
Thursday October 16 2025
Friday October 16 2026

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