stenographer

noun
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

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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 There’s nothing wrong with being a stenographer in a courtroom, but Pon’s refusal to take questions left journalists in the role of glorified dictation takers. Joe Davidson, Washington Post, "New OPM chief presses for civil service overhaul, but administration is less interested in diversity," 1 May 2018 Some are stenographers and others are voice writers who speak into stenomasks to record everything said in the courtroom. Laura Crimaldi, BostonGlobe.com, "Era comes to an end as state ends its use of court reporters," 27 June 2018 Beck Dorey-Stein, who grew up in Narberth, Pa., worked as a White House stenographer from 2012-2017. Beck Dorey-stein, Philly.com, "Charles Barkley was star-struck before interviewing president Obama. A stenographer from Narberth calmed him down," 2 July 2018 There was such energy and excitement in the White House from 2009 to 2017 that even Mr. Obama’s stenographer felt compelled to write a memoir. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "Politics: End of the Rainbow," 5 July 2018 Her father, Leo, was a teacher, and her mother, Fanny (Natelson) Dressler, was a stenographer. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Miriam Griffin, Who Put Nero in a New Light, Dies at 82," 1 July 2018 This detailed account of the 1859 murder trial that captivated Springfield is an atmospheric work, its accuracy buttressed by the shorthand trial transcript produced by Robert R. Hitt, one of the nation’s best (and first) stenographers. Matt Damsker, USA TODAY, "Honest Abe is courtroom star in Dan Abrams' entertaining history, 'Lincoln's Last Trial'," 6 June 2018

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1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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stenographer

noun

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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