gazetteer


noun

  1. a geographical dictionary.
  2. Archaic. a journalist, especially one appointed and paid by the government.

noun

  1. a book or section of a book that lists and describes placesAbbreviation: gaz
  2. archaic a writer for a gazette or newspaper; journalist

1610s, “journalist,” from gazette (n.) + -eer. Meaning “geographical dictionary” is from 1704, from Laurence Eachard’s 1693 geographical handbook for journalists, “The Gazetteer’s, or Newsman’s, Interpreter,” second edition simply titled “The Gazetteer.”

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