A JSON representation of Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
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English Language Dictionary

This repository houses the contents of Webster's Unabridged English Dictionary.

The dictionary can be found in plain text form here

You'll also find some julia files that were used to parse the text and organize it into the nice json you see here.


  • dictionary.json: This is the raw data scraped from the dictionary. Unsurprisingly, it's in the format of a dictionary, i.e. { "Word": "Definition" }
  • graph.json: This is a graph representation of the dictionary. Each word is paired with a list of the words that define it
  • dictionary.txt: This is the plain text file (I converted it from ISO-8859-1 to UTF-8)
  • main.jl: The julia script that parses the data
  • _.jl: My in-progress implementation of underscore in julia

How to run

If you want to run the code yourself, I would recommend downloading Julia Studio, which is and IDE for Julia. It comes with the binaries pre-installed. You can also get the binaries or build from source from julialang.org.


The works in this repository are licensed under the MIT License, with the exception of the contents of dictionary.txt, which are licensed under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License:

From Project Gutenberg:

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