American dictionary publisher

Merriam-Webster, Inc., is an American company that publishes reference books and is especially known for its dictionaries.

In 1831, George and Charles Merriam founded the company as G & C Merriam Co. in Springfield, Massachusetts.

In 1964, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., bought Merriam-Webster, Inc., as a subsidiary. The company created its current name in 1982.[1][2]


  1. "Merriam-Webster Dictionary". 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  2. "An American Dictionary of the English Language". 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015.