ga·​zette | \ gə-ˈzet How to pronounce gazette (audio) \

Definition of gazette

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : newspaper
2 : an official journal
3 British : an announcement in an official gazette


gazetted; gazetting

Definition of gazette (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 chiefly British : to announce or publish in a gazette
2 British : to announce the appointment or status of in an official gazette

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You are probably familiar the word gazette from its use in the names of a number of newspapers, but the original Gazettes were a series of bulletins published in England in the 17th and early 18th centuries. These official journals contained notices of government appointments and promotions, as well as items like bankruptcies, property transfers, and engagements. In British English, "gazette" can also refer to the kind of announcement that one might find in such a publication. It can also be used as a verb meaning "to announce or publish in a gazette." The word derives via French from Italian gazetta. A related word is "gazetteer," which we now use for a dictionary of place names, but which once meant "journalist" or "publicist."

Examples of gazette in a Sentence


picked up the monthly car-buyer's gazette when he was in town

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Macedonia will now publish the deal with Greece in its government gazette so that the agreement can take effect. Konstantin Testorides, The Seattle Times, "Macedonia prepares for name change by removing signs," 11 Feb. 2019 The move by the regulator was published in the government’s official gazette on Friday but dated Sept. 17. Joanne Chiu, WSJ, "Hong Kong Freezes Company Chairman’s Assets in $1.3 Billion Fraud Case," 2 Oct. 2018 El-Sisi’s approval was reported in the country’s official gazette on Sunday, June 24, 2018. Washington Post, "Egypt’s president approves law for ride-hailing apps," 24 June 2018 The law will come into effect once it is published in the government legal gazette, probably in the coming weeks. Washington Post, "World Digest: Jan. 10, 2018," 10 Jan. 2018 Local gazettes often provided information about members of prominent families, but were silent about the masses. The Economist, "Ancestral longingsAs China rushes forward, more people seek their roots," 11 Jan. 2018 The decision will go into effect in the coming weeks, the AP reports, once it’s published in the government legal gazette. Anne Branigin, The Root, "Ethiopia Moves to Ban All International Adoptions After High-Profile Abuse Cases," 11 Jan. 2018 The decree, published in the Turkish government’s official gazette, authorizes the extradition of foreign nationals imprisoned or convicted in Turkey if requested by the Turkish foreign minister and approved by the president. Yeliz Candemir, WSJ, "Detained U.S. Minister Faces New Charges in Turkey," 25 Aug. 2017 Spain made the takeover official by publishing special measures online early Saturday in the country’s gazette. Aritz Parra, USA TODAY, "Spain takes over Catalan government, calls for new regional election," 28 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of gazette


circa 1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gazette


French, from Italian gazetta

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ga·​zette | \ gə-ˈzet How to pronounce gazette (audio) \

Kids Definition of gazette

1 : newspaper
2 : a journal giving official information

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