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 decrees were announced early Friday morning in the kingdom’s official weekly Um al-Qura gazette. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "Saudi Arabia finally allows women to have passports, travel without male guardian," 2 Aug. 2019 The easing of the travel restrictions, along with other legal amendments that granted women more rights in family matters, came in royal decrees published in the official gazette. Washington Post, "Saudi Arabia allows women to travel without permission from men," 2 Aug. 2019 They were published in the government’s weekly official gazette, Um Al-Qura, on Friday. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, "Women in Saudi Arabia allowed to travel independently," 2 Aug. 2019 The decrees, issued Wednesday, were made public before dawn Friday in the kingdom's official weekly Um al-Qura gazette. NBC News, "Saudi Arabia law change allows women to travel without male consent," 2 Aug. 2019 The regulatory changes were published on Friday in Um Al-Qura, a publication that serves as an official gazette, and marked significant steps toward change by placing Saudi men and women on equal legal footing on some issues. Ben Hubbard, New York Times, "Saudi Arabia Says Women Can Travel Without Male Guardians," 1 Aug. 2019 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

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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

2 : a journal giving official information

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