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[in-tel-i-juh n-ser] /ɪnˈtɛl ɪ dʒən sər/
a person or thing that conveys information.
an informer; spy.
Origin of intelligencer
First recorded in 1570-80; intelligence + -er2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "No such thing on the intelligencer," Gootes informed me in a loud whisper.

  • Let me tell you, the intelligencer is the evildoers' nemesis.

  • The Daily intelligencer was gorged with letters from its readers on the subject of the grass.

  • Barely, perhaps, and I should have to wire the intelligencer for money to return.

  • Is a state newes-monger; and his owne genius is his intelligencer.

    Microcosmography John Earle
  • Since it looked more vigorous with each passing hour, I saw myself on the payroll of the intelligencer for a long time to come.

  • You had best inquire Of your intelligencer: I am no informer.

  • You may print that in the intelligencer and repeat it to Raleigh.

    The Little Brown Jug at Kildare Meredith Nicholson
  • "Oh," said the judge, folding the intelligencer on his knee.

    The Kentons William Dean Howells
  • The interview that resulted in the 'intelligencer' was the least evil that came of this error.

    The Kentons William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for intelligencer


(archaic) an informant or spy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for intelligencer

1580s, "spy, informant," agent noun from intelligence. Meaning "bringer of news" is from 1630s; as a newspaper name from 1640s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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