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A French Language and Literature Research Guide: Dictionaries

French Language and Literature Research Guide

Dictionaries (Online)

The dictionaries are available online:

Dictionaries (Reference)

Dictionnaire alphabétique et analogique de la langue française. (1985)
Reference PC2625 .R6

Le Grand Robert gives definitions, synonyms, antonyms, cross references to words with related meanings and etymology. Quotations from French authors, especially recent ones, are used to clarify usage and to trace changes of meaning.

Dictionnaire de la langue française contenant ... la nomenclature ... la grammaire ... la signification des mots ... la partie historique ... l'étymologie. (1873?)
Reference PC2625 .L6 (4 Volumes)

Covers the vocabulary of the 17th century, although some late 16th century and early 18th century words are included. Concerned largely with the literary language of the period.

Dictionnaire de la langue française du seizième siècle. (1925 to 1967)
Storage Library  PC2650 .H8 D5 (7 volumes)

A dictionary of 16th century French which includes slang and words that have disappeared from the language. Definitions are supported by examples of use.

Dictionnaire étymologique de la langue française. (1993)
Woodruff Book Stacks PC2580 .B55 1991

This is an etymological dictionary of contemporary (1965) French, concentrating on those words in common use. The various meanings and antecedents of the current word are given along with important dates including first use or modification.

Le Petit Robert 1: dictionnaire alphabétique et analogique de la langue française. (1991)
Woodruff Book Stacks PC2625 .R5545 1991

Revised edition of the earlier basic printed version.

Le Petit Robert 2: dictionnaire universel des noms propres alphabétique et analogique. (1989)
Woodruff Book Stacks AG5 .R53 1989

Revised edition of the earlier basic printed version.

Trésor de la langue française: dictionnaire de la langue de XIXe et du XXe siècle (1789-1960). (1971 to 1994)
Storage Library PC2625 .I4

The TLF gives the entire history of each word, its meanings, pronunciation, usage and syntax. Definitions are illustrated by identified quotations from works of various periods.

Dictionaries (Computer File)

Le Littré [computer file].
Reference CD-ROM PC2625 .L63

Electronic version of Dictionnaire de la langue française by Emile Littré (1872 ed.), including over 80,000 definitions and thousands of exemplary literary extracts.

Le Petit Robert [computer file]. (1996)
CD-ROM PC2625 .R5534 1996
Dictionary of the French language, containing 60,000 words and their meanings, etymologies, and pronunciations, illustrated with examples and citations, some with synonyms and antonyms.

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