Matthias von Lexer

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Matthias Lexer (1830–92), later Matthias von Lexer (from 1885), was a German lexicographer, author of the principal dictionary of the Middle High German language, Mittelhochdeutsches Handwörterbuch von Matthias Lexer, completed in 1878 in three volumes, sometimes known simply as "the Lexer". This dictionary was founded upon the base of the Mittelhochdeutsches Wörterbuch of Georg Friedrich Benecke and others, completed in 1866.

Matthias Lexer from age 30 onward held teaching positions at German universities.

"The Middle High German dictionary [of Matthias Lexer] is noted for its admirably comprehensive coverage of the language of courtly literature.... [It has some] gaps in its medical and scientific vocabulary, and the coverage of legal terminology."[1]


  1. ^ Graeme Dunphy, "Matthias Lexer", in: Albrecht Classen (ed.), Handbook of Medieval Studies, Berlin: De Gruyter, 2010, pp. 2471–74 (quoted from page 2474).

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