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English Dictionaries

dic•tion•ar•y [dik-shuh-ner-ee]
noun, plural dic•tion•ar•ies.

A book giving information on particular subjects or on a particular class of words, names, or facts, usually arranged alphabetically.

Here at Parish Chest, we live up to this definition by having dictionaries that cover a wide range of topics that will add to your family history research.

Words and etymology are a fascinating subject and their study can certainly help you to understand how words have evolved down the centuries. Although local accents are not as prevalent as they once were, we can take you back to a time when they existed, with dictionaries of Provincial Words, Dialects and Proverbs. How did the mid-Victorian costermongers sound? Our dictionaries of slang include backslang and Cockney Rhyming slang to help you “hear” those voices of the past. With dictionaries that also cover nautical expressions, acronyms and abbreviations, the seafarers in your family tree are also covered.

Our ancestors did not just go to church on Sundays, Easter and Christmas. There was a wealth of other Saints Days and religious festivals that were observed. Have you ever wondered what a “mantle maker” did? With a dictionary of trades and old occupations, you will need to wonder no longer!

Throughout time, the names for many medical conditions have changed and you may find some on death certificates that you do not understand. A good medical dictionary of archaic terms will certainly assist in your knowledge and an intriguing dictionary also exists of cures and remedies of the day.

Have a look at the volumes below and pick the dictionaries that will help you to hear and understand your ancestors.

A Dictionary of Medical and Related Terms

A Dictionary of Medical and Related Terms

Ref: FHP-003

Supplied by Family History Partnership. ...

£5.75

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A Dictionary of Violin Makers 1896

A Dictionary of Violin Makers 1896

Ref: ARB-1077

Supplied by Archive CD Books. ...

Free Postage

£9.99

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A Guide to the English Tongue 1791

A Guide to the English Tongue 1791

Ref: ARB-0466

Supplied by Archive CD Books. By Dyche. ...

Free Postage

£11.50

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Dialects, Proverbs and Word-lore

Dialects, Proverbs and Word-lore

Ref: ARB-0783

Supplied by Archive CD Books. ...

Free Postage

£14.25

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Newspeak: A Dictionary of Modern English

Newspeak: A Dictionary of Modern English

Ref: IHP-5379

Supplied By Ian Henry Publications. ...

£4.95

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The Family Historian's Pocket Dictionary

The Family Historian's Pocket Dictionary

Ref: FHP-005

Supplied by Family History Partnership. ...

£6.95

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The Universal Pocket Companion 1741

The Universal Pocket Companion 1741

Ref: ARB-0241

Supplied by Archive CD Books. ...

Free Postage

£14.25

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Topographical Dictionary of Scotland 1846

Topographical Dictionary of Scotland 1846

Ref: ARB-0130

Supplied by Archive CD Books. ...

Free Postage

£21.00

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