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

Definition of gazette

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Noun picked up the monthly car-buyer's gazette when he was in town
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The proposal by the president’s own Morena party, which has the support of 37 senators, includes an increase of the soda tax known as IEPS to 5 pesos a liter from the current 1.26 pesos, according to a document posted on the Senate’s gazette. Andrea Navarro,, "AMLO Opposes Junk Food Tax, Silent on Banning Sales to Kids," 1 Sep. 2020 On Wednesday, Bolsonaro issued a decree in an extra edition of the official gazette allowing international visitors to come and go more freely by air. Jessica Brice,, "Brazil Reports Almost 70,000 New Covid Infections in Record Day," 30 July 2020 The bars, valued at 182,000 Swiss francs ($191,000), were found last October inside a parcel on a train bound for the lakeside city of Lucerne, according to a June 2 notice in the local gazette., "Warehouse owner to put solar systems on its roofs," 16 June 2020 Japhet Chataba, 39, and Steven Sambo, 31, were among nearly 3,000 inmates pardoned by President Edgar Lungu last Friday to commemorate Africa Freedom Day, according to the government gazette. NBC News, "Zambian president pardons gay couple sentenced to 15 years," 27 May 2020 Expropriation notices were posted soon after in the kingdom’s official gazette. Vivian Nereim,, "Hope Turns to Doubt, Then Gunfire, as Saudi Megacity Emerges," 8 May 2020 The new head of the federal police was named in the official gazette early on Tuesday as Alexandre Ramagem, who leads the national intelligence agency. Mario Sergio Lima,, "Brazil’s Top Court Allows Probe Into Allegations Against Bolsonaro," 5 May 2020 The appointments were published in the official gazette and announced on state television. Fox News, "Venezuela's Maduro hires Chavez cousin, drug kingpin for powerful oil industry roles," 28 Apr. 2020 The decree was signed by all of Giammattei’s Cabinet ministers and took effect with its publication in the official gazette. Washington Post, "Guatemala sends troops to fight gangs in 2 high-crime areas," 17 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On April 5, two workers’ dormitories were gazetted as isolation areas, keeping over 20,000 in shamefully cramped areas. Jerrine Tan, Wired, "What Singapore Can Tell the World About Personal Liberty," 29 Apr. 2020 When the national parks were gazetted for the benefit of wildlife, the indigenous forest dwellers, the Batwa, were cast out. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "These Lodges Are Going Above and Beyond to Give Back to Their Communities," 6 Apr. 2020

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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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“Gazette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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

Kids Definition of gazette

2 : a journal giving official information

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