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James Boswell

Definition:

Scottish author noted for his biography of Samuel Johnson (born: 1740 – died: 1795)

Class:

person noun (people)

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

Boswell

Etymology:

After James "Boswell".
(Source: American Heritage Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

James Boswell | James Boswell, 9th Laird of Auchinleck
(Born: 29 October 1740, Edinburgh, Scotland – Died: 19 May 1795(1795-05-19) (aged 54), London, England)

a lawyer, diarist, and author born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He's best known for the biography he wrote of one of his contemporaries, the English literary figure Samuel Johnson, which the modern Johnsonian critic Harold Bloom has claimed is the greatest ... (40 of 3198 words, 3 images)

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James Boswell (disambiguation)
(1740 – 1795)

a Scottish lawyer, diarist, and author James Boswell may also refer to: James Griffin Boswell (1882-1952), American farmer in California | James G. Boswell II (1923-2009), American farmer in California | James Boswell (artist) (1906-1971), New ... (34 of 109 words, 6 definitions)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

James Boswell [Scottish biographer]
(Born: October 29, 1740, Edinburgh, Scotland – Died: May 19, 1795, London, England)

friend and biographer of Samuel Johnson. The 20th-century publication of his journals proved him to be also one of the world's greatest diarists. ... (23 of 881 words, 2 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/74986​/James-Boswell

Collins Dictionary:

Boswell | James Boswell
(Born: 1740 – Died: 1795)

Scottish author and lawyer, noted particularly for his "Life of Samuel Johnson" (1791) (13 of 451 words, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/boswell

Columbia Encyclopedia:

Boswell, James | James Boswell
(Born: 1740 – Died: 1795)

Scottish author, born: Edinburgh; son of a distinguished judge. At his father's insistence the young Boswell reluctantly studied law. Admitted to the ... (22 of 431 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/people​/A​0808446​.html

Oxford Dictionary:

James Boswell | Boswell, James | Boswellian [derived]

(1740-1795) , Scottish author, companion and biographer of Samuel Johnson. He's known for Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides (1785) and The Life of ... (25 of 52 words, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/Boswell,-James

American Heritage Dictionary:

Boswell | James Boswell | Boswellize [verb, related] | Boswellian [adjective, noun, related]

An assiduous and devoted admirer, student, and recorder of another's words and deeds. | British lawyer, diarist, and writer renowned as the biographer ... (22 of 44 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/boswell

Random House Dictionary:

Boswell | James Boswell [sense-specific] | Boswell, James [sense-specific]

"James Boswell": 1740-1795, Scottish author: biographer of Samuel Johnson. | any devoted biographer of a specific person. (16 of 24 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/boswell

Wiktionary:

Boswell | Boswells [plural]

A Scottish habitational surname of Norman origin from Beuzeville in France. | James Boswell, biographer of Samuel Johnson. | A devoted admirer and recorder of a person's words and deeds. (28 of 39 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/Boswell

New World Dictionary:

Boswell

a biographer whose information is obtained through close observation of, or intimate association with, the subject | Boswell, James 1740-95; Scot. ... (20 of 36 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/boswell

Merriam-Webster:

Boswell | Boswellian [adjective, related] | Boswellize [verb, related]

a person who records in detail the life of a usually famous contemporary (13 of 34 words, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/boswell

Boswell

James 1740-1795 Scottish biographer and diarist (6 of 14 words, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

writer [countable] | writers [plural]

someone who writes books, stories, or articles as their job ; someone who has written something (16 of 63 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/writer

Cambridge Dictionary:

writer

a person who writes books or articles to be published (10 of 25 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/writer

Encarta Dictionary:

Australia | oz [online, Internet addresses, abbreviation]

the world's smallest continent, situated between the Pacific and Indian oceans. | country encompassing the continent of Australia and the island of ... (21 of 83 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861695775​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

American Heritage Dictionary:

Boswell

Origin: After James "Boswell".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/boswell

New World Dictionary:

Boswell

Origin: after James "Boswell"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/boswell

Merriam-Webster:

Boswell

First use: 1858

Origin: James Boswell

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/boswell

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

Boswell | James Boswell

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "Boswell"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "Boswell"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/boswell

the Free Dictionary:

Boswell

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "Boswell"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "Boswell"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "Boswell" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/Boswell

Google Dictionary:

Boswell

Audio: English pronunciation of "Boswell"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

Boswell

Audio: North American pronunciation of "Boswell"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=bixbos​08 word=Boswell

YourDictionary Audio:

Boswell

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "Boswell" by speech synthesizer

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