a geographical dictionary.
Archaic. a journalist, especially one appointed and paid by the government.

Origin of gazetteer

First recorded in 1605–15; gazette + -eer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gazetteer

Historical Examples of gazetteer

  • The nearest atlas or gazetteer is enough to check this statement.

    The Negro and the Nation

    George S. Merriam

  • Dick is an admirable person, a sort of gazetteer for the world of fashion.'

    The Explorer

    W. Somerset Maugham

  • However, I'll look in our Gazetteer, and tell you if it is true.

    Yr Ynys Unyg

    Julia de Winton

  • Ludwig ran an exploring finger down the columns of a gazetteer.

  • In the Gazetteer of Malabar , the following account of the Mukkuvans is given.

British Dictionary definitions for gazetteer



a book or section of a book that lists and describes placesAbbreviation: gaz
archaic a writer for a gazette or newspaper; journalist
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 gazetteer

1610s, "journalist," from gazette (n.) + -eer. Meaning "geographical dictionary" is from 1704, from Laurence Eachard's 1693 geographical handbook for journalists, "The Gazetteer's, or Newsman's, Interpreter," second edition simply titled "The Gazetteer."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper