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Origin of stenography

First recorded in 1595–1605; steno- + -graphy
Related formssten·o·graph·ic [sten-uh-graf-ik] /ˌstɛn əˈgræf ɪk/, sten·o·graph·i·cal, adjectivesten·o·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for stenography

shorthand, phonography, stenotype

Examples from the Web for stenography

Contemporary Examples of stenography

Historical Examples of stenography

  • If you want me to, I'll go at stenography and typewriting at once.

    From Farm to Fortune

    Horatio Alger Jr.

  • But I don't know a blooming thing about stenography or typewriting.


    Alice Hegan Rice

  • Athalie coloured and laughed: "Thank you, but I had rather work at stenography."


    Robert W. Chambers

  • What she ought to do is to take a course in stenography and shorthand.

    Odd Numbers

    Sewell Ford

  • Had he been proficient in stenography, he could have done it in seven minutes.

British Dictionary definitions for stenography


  1. the act or process of writing in shorthand by hand or machine
  2. matter written in shorthand
Derived Formsstenographic (ˌstɛnəˈɡræfɪk) or stenographical, adjectivestenographically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for stenography

"shorthand," c.1600, from Greek stenos "narrow" (of unknown origin) + -graphy.

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