Karl,1801–59, German publisher, notably of guidebooks for travelers.
any of the series of guidebooks for travelers issued by the him or his successors.
anyguidebook, pamphlet, or the like, containing information useful to travelers: a Baedeker to the restaurants of the region. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for baedeker

Historical Examples of baedeker

  • Picturesque as the place was, it held nothing to appeal to the Baedeker spirit.

    The Forest

    Stewart Edward White

  • For it is impossible, as well as sacrilegious, to be as quick as Baedeker.

  • And you can get one of Stoddart's books in the library—and a Baedeker, too.


    Jane Abbott

  • Tell the story of Roland and Hildegunde (see Baedeker, p. 66).

    Diary of a Pilgrimage

    Jerome K. Jerome

  • "Two and one is three and three is six and the 'Baedeker' and the umbrellas," said the girl.

    The Lovely Lady

    Mary Austin

British Dictionary definitions for baedeker



any of a series of travel guidebooks issued by the German publisher Karl Baedeker (1801–59) or his firm
any guidebook
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for baedeker


"travel guide," 1863, from German printer and bookseller Karl Baedeker (1801-1859) whose popular travel guides began the custom of rating places with one to four stars. The Baedeker raids by the Luftwaffe in April and May 1942 targeted British cultural and historical sites.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper