[ kahr-tog-ruh-fee ]
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  1. the production of maps, including construction of projections, design, compilation, drafting, and reproduction.

Origin of cartography

1855–60; <Latin c(h)art(a) carte + -o- + -graphy

Other words from cartography

  • car·to·graph [kahr-tuh-graf, -grahf], /ˈkɑr təˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf/, noun
  • car·tog·ra·pher, noun
  • car·to·graph·ic [kahr-tuh-graf-ik], /ˌkɑr təˈgræf ɪk/, car·to·graph·i·cal, adjective
  • car·to·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cartography in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for cartography



/ (kɑːˈtɒɡrəfɪ) /

  1. the art, technique, or practice of compiling or drawing maps or charts

Origin of cartography

C19: from French cartographie, from carte map, chart

Derived forms of cartography

  • cartographer or chartographer, noun
  • cartographic (ˌkɑːtəˈɡræfɪk), cartographical, chartographic or chartographical, adjective
  • cartographically or chartographically, adverb

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Scientific definitions for cartography


[ kär-tŏgrə-fē ]

  1. The art or technique of making maps or charts.

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