[in-tel-i-juh n-ser]


a person or thing that conveys information.
an informer; spy.

Origin of intelligencer

First recorded in 1570–80; intelligence + -er2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of intelligencer

  • Since it looked more vigorous with each passing hour, I saw myself on the payroll of the Intelligencer for a long time to come.

  • Is a state newes-monger; and his owne genius is his intelligencer.

  • Both of these expedients had long ago been put forth by contestants in the Intelligencer.

  • You want to get on the Intelligencer, you want to get in at once, and you have had no previous experience.

  • I went back to the Intelligencer office with the springy step of a man who acknowledges no master.

British Dictionary definitions for intelligencer



archaic an informant or spy
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Word Origin and History for intelligencer

1580s, "spy, informant," agent noun from intelligence. Meaning "bringer of news" is from 1630s; as a newspaper name from 1640s.

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