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gazetteer

[gaz-i-teer]
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noun
  1. a geographical dictionary.
  2. Archaic. a journalist, especially one appointed and paid by the government.
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Origin of gazetteer

First recorded in 1605–15; gazette + -eer
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Examples from the Web for gazetteer

Historical Examples

  • 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

gazetteer

noun
  1. a book or section of a book that lists and describes placesAbbreviation: gaz
  2. archaic a writer for a gazette or newspaper; journalist
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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."

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