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 When Lincoln ran against Stephen Douglas for U.S. senator in 1858, Medill sent a stenographer to transcribe his debates with Douglas, the incumbent. Ron Grossman,, "Flashback: A crisis of conscience over slavery gave birth to a formidable political force: The Republican Party," 26 Feb. 2021 In 1957, as many Cubans were waging a revolution against Fulgencio Batista and his government, my mother met and fell in love with my father, an Army stenographer and a lunchtime regular. Ada Ferrer, The New Yorker, "My Brother’s Keeper," 22 Feb. 2021 His mother was a stenographer and journalist who later worked as the bookkeeper and cashier at the store. New York Times, "Ezra F. Vogel, Eminent Scholar of China and Japan, Dies at 90," 22 Dec. 2020 Many Twitters users pointed out the staffers and stenographer who are visible in the video were within six feet of Sullivan. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Ted Cruz calls Sherrod Brown "a complete ass" for asking another senator to wear a mask on the Senate floor," 18 Nov. 2020 The state office also had a credential clerk, certificate clerk, bookkeeper, and a stenographer. David Buie,, "Carroll Yesteryears: From one-room schoolhouses to integrated classes, much has changed in 100 years of education," 26 Sep. 2020 The former Mary Carolyn Jamison, daughter of Howard Bertram Jamison, a salesman, and his wife, Mary Agnes Cadogan Jamison, a U.S. government stenographer, was born in Catonsville and raised there. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, "Mary C. Haynes, retired government computer analyst, dies," 21 Sep. 2020 Livengood, a 1928 graduate of Brackenridge High School, was a stenographer who lived at home with her parents and worked at Studer’s photography studio before making the leap in 1931 into the rock ’em, sock ’em world of pro wrestling. Paula Allen,, "San Antonio’s Wrestlethon gave a longtime home to the sport it helped popularize," 5 Sep. 2020 The only other people present were the prosecutor, the defense lawyer and a stenographer. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "In Philippines, a child alleges abuse by Catholic priest — and tests Vatican promise for global reckoning," 23 June 2020

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First Known Use of stenographer

1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Stenographer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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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)

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