A Dictionary of Occupational Terms Based on the Classification of Occupations used in the Census of Population, 1921.

Compiled by the Ministry of Labour and published by HMSO, 1927.

The Dictionary of Occupational Terms was published in 1927 and, as the full title indicates, it was based on the classification of occupations used in the 1921 Census. For each of the terms in this classification, the Dictionary provides a description of what that occupation involved — sometimes a brief single phrase, in other cases running to several hundred words. There is extensive cross referencing, with listing of synonyms and similar occupations in related spheres of employment, and it includes a considerable number of purely regional terms. In all, it provides 16,837 definitions for 29,106 terms.

This digital edition of the Dictionary includes the complete set of definitions, the prefatory material, and an independent index (not based on the index of the original volume).

The online Dictionary of Occupational Terms:

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Index of Occupations:  A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z  —  Using the index 

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The printed Dictionary of Occupational Terms:

The original Prefatory Note explains the genesis of the dictionary.
The original
Key to Arrangement and Abbreviations explains how the dictionary is organized.
The original
1921 Census Classification of Occupations (Histpop).
Availability in print and on CD-ROM.


The Dictionary of Occupational Terms was published under Crown Copyright in 1927 and is now therefore in the public domain.
This edition prepared by Peter Christian, November 2016.