An Universal Etymological English Dictionary  

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An Universal Etymological English Dictionary was a dictionary compiled by Nathaniel Bailey and first published in London in 1721. It was the most popular dictionary of the eighteenth century, reaching its thirtieth edition in 1802.

In compiling his dictionary, he borrowed greatly from John Kersey's Dictionarium Anglo-Britannicum. Like Kersey, therefore, Bailey's dictionary was one of the first monolingual English dictionaries to focus on words in common usage, rather than just difficult words.

In 1727, he published a second volume, entitled The Universal Etymological English Dictionary, which coexisted alongside the original volume and contained many new entries, as well as duplicates from the first dictionary.

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