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This dictionary is based on published texts and copies from unpublished manuscripts in Old and Middle Javanese. The vocabulary is arranged in Latin alphabetical order with the base-words as entries. Meaning and usage of the entries are illustrated by quotations from the whole range of the relevant literature. These are arranged in such a way that changes in usage or minor semantic developments can be traced. The reader can then see for himself how the interpretation given, often based on the context, was reached, and whether he agrees with it. In the case of rare words, or where a question mark indicates that there is a doubt about the correctness of the interpretation, many or even all the places where these words occur are given. In other cases what may seem a profusion of examples is provided because of the insight they give into the life and culture of early Java.