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Dates of Usage
Maybe this is an easy one, if so excuse my novice. I am doing some preliminary work on a potential research project comparing earliest attested dates of usage.
I'm trying to use the API to extract the dates of usage listed with words' quotations. For example, in the online interface I find under the word chef the following quotations:
1826 B. Disraeli Vivian Grey I. ii. ii. 85 What sort of genius is your Lordship's gastrical chef?
a1845 R. H. Barham Blasphemer's Warning in Ingoldsby Legends (1847) 3rd Ser. 245 The Chef's peace of mind was restor'd, And in due time a banquet was placed on the board.
1860 All Year Round 22 Sept. 567 You have..finally decided on the menu with your chef.
1918 Woman's Home Compan. Dec. 59/1 In Paris, a famous chef created a remarkable soup recipe.
1960 Guardian 18 Aug. 5/5 Filled with sea air, sunshine, and the menus of a master chef.
1979 D. P. Jordan King's Trial iv. 81 A couple of people to help with the housecleaning, and a kitchen staff of thirteen (a chef, an assistant chef, and eleven cooks).
1994 J. I. Huss Faux Gourmet i. 52 I don't want to become a gourmet chef. I just want simple things that will keep during the week.
2012 Atlantic Sept. 53/3 Silently, sullenly, the chef works his skillet.
Specifically I am looking for the earliest date in this list (in this case, 1826). Right now in the JSON retrieved by the API, all I can find under 'etymologies' is a less specific date. (e.g. for chef I find "early 19th century: French, literally ‘head’")
Is this information available through the API? If so, how can I retrieve it? Thanks!