Definition of cartographer
: one that makes maps
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Recent Examples of cartographer from the Web
In the repertoire of Renaissance cartographers, fierce mythical beasts—from sea serpents to manticores—represented dangers of unknown worlds.
And it was drawn by somebody who was there for some time rather than a cartographer who just stopped by for a short period.
The competition was founded in 1993 in honor of American cartographer Barbara Petchenik, who dedicated part of her career to maps related to children’s education.
The notepads and coasters on the table are lined up with military precision; the 19th-century map of the US on his wall suggests a cartographer's love of detail.
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Did You Know?
Up until the 18th century, maps were often decorated with fanciful beasts and monsters, at the expense of accurate details about places. French mapmakers of the 1700s and 1800s encouraged the use of more scientific methods in the art they called "cartographie." The French word cartographie (the science of making maps), from which we get our English word "cartography," was created from "carte," meaning "map," and "-graphie," meaning "representation by." Around the same time we adopted "cartography" in the mid-19th century, we also created our word for a mapmaker, "cartographer."
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CARTOGRAPHER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cartographer for English Language Learners
: a person who makes maps
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