Middle English Dictionary

Posted on Saturday, April 07, 2012

The Middle English Dictionary is an authoritative work on Middle English, covering the lexicon and usage of English from after the Norman Conquest to the beginning of the printing press (1100 to 1500). Compiled by the University of Michigan, this dictionary has been called "the greatest achievement in medieval scholarship in America" and can be freely accessed online in an electronic version that not only preserves the original contents but also gives users powerful search tools not provided by the print version.


  • Based on a huge corpus of Middle English texts including texts contributed by the University of Michigan, texts provided by the Oxford Text Archive, and texts specifically created for the corpus
  • Offers multiple search possibilities (word search, entry search, quotation search) and search options (Boolean search, proximity search, combination search), each with highly tweakable settings designed to help users find exactly what they are looking for
  • Offers the full original corpus in browsable form
  • Comes complete with a detailed user's guide that makes using the dictionary a breeze
Site URL: http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/med/

Email this postPrint this postPermalink
Custom Search