|Parent company||Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.|
|Founder||George Merriam, Charles Merriam|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Headquarters location||Springfield, Massachusetts|
|Publication types||Reference books, online dictionaries|
|Owner(s)||Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.|
Merriam-Webster, Inc., is an American company that publishes reference books and is especially known for its dictionaries. It is the oldest dictionary publisher in the United States.
In 1831, George and Charles Merriam founded the company as G & C Merriam Co. in Springfield, Massachusetts. In 1843, after Noah Webster died, the company bought the rights to An American Dictionary of the English Language from Webster's estate. All Merriam-Webster dictionaries trace their lineage to this source.
In 1964, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., acquired Merriam-Webster, Inc., as a subsidiary. The company adopted its current name in 1982.
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