stenographer

noun
ste·nog·ra·pher | \ stə-ˈnä-grə-fər \

Definition of stenographer 

1 : a writer of shorthand

2 : a person employed chiefly to take and transcribe dictation

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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 Chief among these is Leryn Turlington’s Flaemmchen, a stenographer/sometime-escort with dreams of Hollywood stardom. Kerry Reid, chicagotribune.com, "Kokandy stages a jazzy, grand musical farewell in the Berlin-set 'Grand Hotel'," 24 Apr. 2018 Result: democratic fashion, accessible to society women and stenographers alike. Nancy Macdonell, WSJ, "The Surprisingly Feminist Story of the Shirt Dress," 15 June 2018 As Debs spoke, a stenographer hired by a federal prosecutor took frantic notes of the lines that struck him as especially subversive. Erick Trickey, Smithsonian, "When America’s Most Prominent Socialist Was Jailed for Speaking Out Against World War I," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of stenographer

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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