intelligencer

[ in-tel-i-juh n-ser ]
/ ɪnˈtɛl ɪ dʒən sər /

noun

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

Origin of intelligencer

First recorded in 1570–80; intelligence + -er2
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intelligencer

/ (ɪnˈtɛlɪdʒənsə) /

noun

archaic an informant or spy
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Word Origin and History for intelligencer

intelligencer


n.

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

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