gaz·​et·​teer ˌga-zə-ˈtir How to pronounce gazetteer (audio)
archaic : journalist, publicist
[The Gazetteer's: or, Newsman's Interpreter, a geographical index edited by Laurence Echard] : a geographical dictionary
also : a book in which a subject is treated especially in regard to geographic distribution and regional specialization

Examples of gazetteer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fowler’s much edited audit, which was described as a gazetteer, was appended to the back. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 16 Aug. 2021 Due to mismeasurements, many atlases and gazetteers listed Rainier as the nation's highest point well into the 20th century. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, 6 Mar. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gazetteer was in 1611

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“Gazetteer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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gaz·​et·​teer ˌgaz-ə-ˈti(ə)r How to pronounce gazetteer (audio)
: a geographical dictionary

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