· In 1929, with 108 notable Korean figures from diverse
fields participating as the sponsors, the Korean Dictionary Compilation Committee was organized and the
Grand Dictionary of Korean compilation project was initiated to “establish farsighted policy by
unifying the Korean people’s language and script.” While subsequently undergoing countless hardships
including the Korean Language Society Persecution and the Korean War, it published the 6-volume
Grand Dictionary of Korean from 1947 to 1957. The Grand Dictionary of Korean is the
first Korean dictionary created by the Korean people and is the origin of all Korean dictionaries today.
· After completing the publication of the Grand
Dictionary of Korean (6 vols.) on October 9, 1957, the Society decided to publish a
medium-sized Korean dictionary that would be contemporaneous and practical, thus making convenient use
possible for the general public. It created the Medium Dictionary of Korean Compilation
Committee in November 1957 and published the Medium Dictionary of Korean, a medium-sized Korean
dictionary of 1,757 pages, on June 18, 1958, seven months after the initiation of the dictionary
· Following the publication of the Grand Dictionary of
Korean and the Medium Dictionary of Korean, the Society felt the necessity of a small
dictionary for the public and students of a new era and pursued the compilation of a small dictionary
starting in September 1958. While the new volume was to be based on the Medium Dictionary of
Korean, rarely used Sino-Korean words, obsolete institutional terms, rarely used words, and
non-standard words were reduced as much as possible and, instead, new educational terms, diverse
scientific terms, new institutional terms, universally necessary loanwords, and proper nouns were widely
included, thus resulting in the publication of the Small Dictionary of Korean on April 30,
· There was a deluge of newly coined terms each year from
diverse fields with social development, thus making it necessary to supplement and to revise the
Medium Dictionary of Korean for the volume to be contemporary and practical. Because of such
needs, a project for the compilation of a new dictionary was begun in May 1960, leading to the
publication of the New Dictionary of Korean in 1965.
· Having compiled a large dictionary for the first time in
the history of the compilation of Korean dictionaries, the Society compiled a variety of dictionaries
for over 10 years following the completion and publication of its Grand Dictionary of Korean in
1957. However, because the manuscript of the Grand Dictionary of Korean had already accumulated
contents requiring correction and addition over some 30 years, the Society came to plan a project for
supplementarily compiling the Grand Dictionary of Korean. As a result, December 1991 to April
1992, the Grand Dictionary of Korean (Urimal Keun Sajeon) was published in a total of
four volumes, with 450 thousand entry words, a 4 × 6 format, and 5,504 pages.
· The Society and the Korea University Research Institute
for Language and Information signed a contract regarding the electronic entry (coding) of the Grand
Dictionary of Korean (Urimal Keun Sajeon) in September 1994 and commissioned the
production to Hancom, Inc., thus publishing the Grand Hangeul Dictionary of Korean (Hangeul
Urimal Keun Sajeon), an electronic dictionary, in February 1996.
· In consideration of the importance of disappearing native
Korean vocabulary, native Korean words were selected from the Grand Dictionary of Korean
(Urimal Keun Sajeon) file, some of the definitions were supplemented, and the results were
compiled into the Dictionary of Native Korean Words on December 15, 2001. The number of entry
words amounted to approximately 130 thousand, and the dimensions were a 4 × 6 format and 2,136 pages.
· Approximately 150 thousand words with comparatively high
frequency were selected from the Grand Dictionary of Korean (Urimal Keun Sajeon) file,
their definitions were refined and supplemented, and the results were published as the Dictionary of
Korean (Urimal Sajeon), a medium-sized dictionary, on December 29, 2005. The
manufacturer was Geulnarae, and the dimensions were a 5 × 7 format and 2,728 pages.