ste·​nog·​ra·​phy | \ stə-ˈnä-grə-fē How to pronounce stenography (audio) \

Definition of stenography

1 : the art or process of writing in shorthand
2 : shorthand especially written from dictation or oral discourse
3 : the making of shorthand notes and subsequent transcription of them

Other Words from stenography

stenographic \ ˌste-​nə-​ˈgra-​fik How to pronounce stenography (audio) \ adjective
stenographically \ ˌste-​nə-​ˈgra-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce stenography (audio) \ adverb

Examples of stenography in a Sentence

Secretaries must be able to do stenography.
Recent Examples on the Web His grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, and his parents were high school teachers — his father taught history, his mother typing and stenography — and liberal Democrats. Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2022 In her 20s, June Frendt learned typing and stenography at Stevens-Henager Business College. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 July 2021 No network or media outlet is under any obligation to serve as the White House stenography office. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 4 Dec. 2020 The finishing touches were applied after the world had shut down, making the album feel less like a warning about a dark but still avoidable future and more like musical stenography documenting our current predicament. Daniel Alarcón, The New Yorker, 19 Oct. 2020 My father finished high school; my mother learned stenography at a vocational school and got her first job at sixteen. Laurent Dubreuil, Harper's Magazine, 18 Aug. 2020 Frost's stenography work introduced her to two employers that would have a large impact on her future: architect Bradford Lee Gilbert and the U.S. District Court. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Mar. 2020 The first pitfall to avoid is stenography: uncritically relaying what the president said without giving readers the relevant context. Gilad Edelman, Wired, 10 Mar. 2020 Details like this keep the entire movie from coming off as simple stenography—a trap that many biopics fall into and that’s sometimes a problem for Just Mercy. David Sims, The Atlantic, 10 Jan. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of stenography

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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