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or stenographist

[stuh-nog-ruh-fer] /stəˈnɒg rə fər/
a person who specializes in taking dictation in shorthand.
Origin of stenographer
An Americanism dating back to 1790-1800; stenograph + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They sent the stenographer that was in the outer office to sit with me, and she started to question me.

    Warren Commission (1 of 26): Hearings Vol. I (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • The stenographer's cheeks were burning; she was astonishingly pretty.

    The Daughter of a Magnate Frank H. Spearman
  • But he's pretty busy at the office, and not much of a letter-writer, except by way of a stenographer.

    The Whistling Mother Grace S. Richmond
  • "Nothing," answered the stenographer, moving away with a little smile.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • The money that made these boys into a clerk and a stenographer cost twenty years of their parents' brain and muscle.

    Analyzing Character Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
  • Elmer had brought a stenographer with him for scientific purposes.

    The Wonder J. D. Beresford
  • Mr. Skinner took the envelope and departed, and Cappy rang for a stenographer.

    Cappy Ricks Retires Peter B. Kyne
  • Suppose this was the ghost of a stenographer applying for a job!

    Humorous Ghost Stories Dorothy Scarborough
British Dictionary definitions for stenographer


  1. (mainly US & Canadian) a person skilled in the use of shorthand and in typing Brit equivalent shorthand typist
  2. a peson with these skills whose job it is to record verbatim everything that is said during a court case
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for stenographer

1809, agent noun formation from stenography.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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