Middle English Dictionary


Welcome to the electronic Middle English Dictionary. The print MED, completed in 2001, has been described as "the greatest achievement in medieval scholarship in America." Its 15,000 pages offer a comprehensive analysis of lexicon and usage for the period 1100-1500, based on the analysis of a collection of over three million citation slips, the largest collection of this kind available. This electronic version of the MED preserves all the details of the print MED, but goes far beyond this, by converting its contents into an enormous database, searchable in ways impossible within any print dictionary. (For help on the available searches, click here.)

Lookups: look for a word as a head word or part of a form section (headword and variant forms).

Search the MED entries: look for words, phrases and other features, such as parts of MED stencils, in designated parts of the entries.

Search the MED quotations: look for quotations including specified words and phrases and/or restrict your search to quotations from a particular work or date.

Attention Macintosh Users: If you are using Netscape 4.0 or above, thorn (þ) and eth (ð) will appear as a double question mark (??).

The Middle English Dictionary is now freely available. See the press release for more information.


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Last updated 24 April 2013.
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