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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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  • The stenographer was to take his seat in this corridor, just outside one of the windows.

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  • When he had completed his instructions to the stenographer, Burke turned to Gilder and Demarest.

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  • Then, as the stenographer entered, he went on with lively interest.

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  • Garson cried; and he looked expectantly toward the stenographer.

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  • He straightened a little, and again looked at the stenographer.

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  • The Inspector nodded dismissal to the stenographer, with an air of relief.

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  • She had bought books, and was learning with the energy of a stenographer, to write and read.

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  • I am beginning to think it will be Mary, or my stenographer.

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
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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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