car·​tog·​ra·​phy kär-ˈtä-grə-fē How to pronounce cartography (audio)
: the science or art of making maps
cartographic adjective
or less commonly cartographical
cartographically adverb

Examples of cartography in a Sentence

She studied cartography in college.
Recent Examples on the Web The original owner’s love of cartography influenced the design, so the home is organized around a long reflecting pool aligned due north. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 3 July 2024 The show, hosted at UNESCO headquarters, featured cartography graphics and military berets, and pointed to travel, aviation, international diplomacy and a creative dialogue — notably through collaborating with the creative collective Air Afrique on graphics. Alice Pfeiffer, CNN, 25 June 2024 Obviously, whatever municipal office keeps records of ice-cave cartography is closed for the festive season, but there’s a Venn diagram of evidence suggesting itself already. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 4 Feb. 2024 Yet many trail names honor European settlers and explorers who traveled through those areas, and historical events following their arrival; and most cartography, including trail maps used by hikers, excludes Indigenous ancestral territories. Katherine Gallardo, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 May 2023 See all Example Sentences for cartography 

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Word History


French cartographie, from carte card, map + -graphie -graphy — more at card entry 1

First Known Use

circa 1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cartography was circa 1847

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Cite this Entry

“Cartography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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car·​tog·​ra·​phy kär-ˈtäg-rə-fē How to pronounce cartography (audio)
: the making of maps
cartographic adjective

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