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French, 1820–1910

Victor Portrait of Emile Littré

Albumen print, about 1860
Gift of Frederick P. and Amy McCombs Currier, 1989.78

Emile Littré was a French lexicographer and philosopher, best known for his Dictionnaire de la langue française (Dictionary of the French Language), commonly called simply the Littré. The four-volume dictionary attempted to record not only the then current meaning of a word, but also its usage throughout history. Using quotations from works of literature, Littré created a fuller understanding of how language develops.