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Merriam-Webster, originally known as the G. & C. Merriam Company of Springfield, Massachusetts, is a United States company that publishes reference books and especially dictionaries that are descendants of Noah Webster's An American Dictionary of the English Language (1828) as in 1843, after Webster's death, George and Charles Merriam secured publishing and revision rights to the 1840 edition of the dictionary.

The G. & C. Merriam Company changed its name to Merriam-Webster Inc. with the publication of Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary in 1983. The company has been a subsidary of Encyclopædia Britannica Inc. since 1964.

The company's two major dictionaries are:

  • Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged
  • Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Tenth Edition

External links http://www.merriam-webster.com

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