gaz·​et·​teer | \ ˌga-zə-ˈtir How to pronounce gazetteer (audio) \

Definition of gazetteer

1 archaic : journalist, publicist
2 [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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Why the Tallest Mountains in the U.S. Are Almost the Same Height," 6 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of gazetteer

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Gazetteer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gazetteer

: a book or list that is arranged in alphabetical order and gives information about places


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Kids Definition of gazetteer

: a geographical dictionary

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