18th century French dictionary

Discussion in 'French-English Vocabulary / Vocabulaire Français-Anglais' started by agueda, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. agueda Senior Member

    Bonjour tous,

    **This is a non-vocabulary question, but I couldn't figure out where to post it. I apologize for this posting!

    I'm wondering if anyone knows of any French dictionary (of the 18th century) available on-line. I'm trying to read some French writings from the 18th century, and thought that it would be really nice if there was an online dictionary just like WordReference (except that it would list 18th century definitions)... I tried to find it online, but could find none.
    Please let me know if anyone could help me here, thank you very much.

  2. mgarizona

    mgarizona Senior Member

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  3. agueda Senior Member

    I just went to the website you mentioned, and it's quite useful.
    Thank you very much for your help, mgarizona! :)
  4. xtrasystole

    xtrasystole Senior Member

    Thank you very much mgarizona for the link (so noted). However that's not exactly an 18th-century dictionary.

    I would suggest the Encyclopedia of Diderot and d'Alembert (1751-1780), available online here.

    (Try the entry BEAU, for example, for a nice philosophical analysis of beauty and the feeling of beauty).
  5. agueda Senior Member

    Thank you very much, xtrasystole! I will certainly make use of the encyclopedie, too. ^_^

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