ste·​nog·​ra·​pher | \ stə-ˈnä-grə-fər How to pronounce stenographer (audio) \

Definition of stenographer

1 : a writer of shorthand
2 : a person employed chiefly to take and transcribe dictation

Examples of stenographer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Elaine worked as a homemaker and as a stenographer at a law firm while her husband went to Layton School of Art, which is now the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Elaine Eisner, 'godmother of the Milwaukee advertising community,' dies at 92," 8 Jan. 2020 When the critical transcripts disappeared, they were dutifully recreated by court stenographers using their original shorthand notes. Phil Rosenthal,, "1919 Black Sox: 5 misconceptions about the scandal, including the myth about Lefty Williams and a hitman," 1 Oct. 2019 Poets are allowed a process; stenographers are not. Rory Smith, New York Times, "At Chelsea, Hard Work as High Art," 21 Nov. 2019 Marilyn was working as a court stenographer at the time, the same job her father had, and then got a job at RKO Pictures, one of the five major motion picture companies at the time. Austen Erblat,, "Married for 73 years, South Florida man refuses to retire," 27 Nov. 2019 Both in her youth and then again in her 50's Barbara worked as a court medical stenographer, but her greatest pleasure was spending time with her family and friends., "Deaths in South Florida: 9/6," 6 Sep. 2019 More intriguingly, for the political readership, as a White House stenographer, Stein was not employed as part of the Obama administration but rather as a permanent member of the White House staff. Rachel King, Fortune, "9 Nonfiction Page-Turners to Bring to the Beach This Summer," 22 June 2019 These days, reading a book from the Obama era might seem like something out of ancient history (if not another planet), but former White House stenographer Beck Dorey Stein’s memoir of her tenure at the White House is a fun throwback. Rachel King, Fortune, "9 Nonfiction Page-Turners to Bring to the Beach This Summer," 22 June 2019 The authors include his top foreign policy advisers, his communications gurus, his intelligence chief, his photographer and even the stenographer who recorded his every public utterance. Peter Baker, New York Times, "Postcards From Another Era: Obama Team Memoirs Flood the Stores," 24 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'stenographer.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of stenographer

1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about stenographer

Time Traveler for stenographer

Time Traveler

The first known use of stenographer was in 1809

See more words from the same year

Statistics for stenographer

Last Updated

23 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stenographer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for stenographer


How to pronounce stenographer (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of stenographer

: a person whose job is to write down the words that someone says by using a special type of writing (called shorthand)

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on stenographer

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with stenographer

Spanish Central: Translation of stenographer

Nglish: Translation of stenographer for Spanish Speakers

Comments on stenographer

What made you want to look up stenographer? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!