A Dictionary of Americanisms

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A Dictionary of Americanisms on Historical Principles is a dictionary of English words and phrases that originated in the United States. The two-volume dictionary was edited by Mitford M. Mathews and was published in 1951 by University of Chicago Press.[1]

The work should not be confused with John Russell Bartlett's work, Dictionary of Americanisms"


  1. ^ Mathews derived much of the book from A Dictionary of American English on Historical Principles edited under the direction of Sir William Craigie at the University of Chicago (1934-1944). Its 1911 pages of entries provides an important view of American culture as it evolved from its beginnings to the mid-20th century. "Made in U.S.A.", Time magazine. April 02, 1951.

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