Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A geographic dictionary or index.
  • noun Archaic A writer for a gazette; a journalist.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A writer of news, or an officer appointed to publish news by authority; a journalist.
  • noun A newspaper; a gazette.
  • noun A geographical dictionary; an account of the divisions, places, seas, rivers, mountains, etc., of the world or of any part of it, under their names, in alphabetical order.
  • To describe in gazetteers: as, to gazetteer a country, city, or locality.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A writer of news, or an officer appointed to publish news by authority.
  • noun obsolete A newspaper; a gazette.
  • noun A geographical dictionary; a book giving the names and descriptions, etc., of many places.
  • noun An alphabetical descriptive list of anything.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A geographic dictionary or encyclopedia, sometimes found as an index to an atlas.
  • noun A newspaper.
  • noun obsolete An alphabetical descriptive list of anything.
  • noun journalist
  • noun publicist

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a journalist who writes for a gazette
  • noun a geographical dictionary (as at the back of an atlas)

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From The gazetteer's: or newsman's interpreter, a geographical index edited by Laurence Echard, 1st ed. published 1693. In 1704, in the second volume Echard referred to the work as Gazetteer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

gazette +‎ -eer, from French gazetier ("newspaperman")

Examples

  • This chronological gazetteer is divided by county and lists the 151 locations of the distinct forms of Morris dancing in the South Midlands before 1900, quoting sources from books, newspaper articles and unpublished diaries.

    Books -- Morris Dance, Gypsies

  • In addition there's Getmapping's own digital terrain model, People's Map GB 100m contours, 1: 1m vector data, national administration boundaries and a place name gazetteer made up of over 39,000 different names.

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  • In addition there's Getmapping's own digital terrain model, People's Map GB 100m contours, 1: 1m vector data, national administration boundaries and a place name gazetteer made up of over 39,000 different names.

    Releases feed from RealWire

  • In addition there's Getmapping's own digital terrain model, People's Map GB 100m contours, 1: 1m vector data, national administration boundaries and a place name gazetteer made up of over 39,000 different names.

    Releases feed from RealWire

  • In addition there's Getmapping's own digital terrain model, People's Map GB 100m contours, 1: 1m vector data, national administration boundaries and a place name gazetteer made up of over 39,000 different names.

    Releases feed from RealWire

  • In addition there's Getmapping's own digital terrain model, People's Map GB 100m contours, 1: 1m vector data, national administration boundaries and a place name gazetteer made up of over 39,000 different names.

    Releases feed from RealWire

  • While holding the political office of "gazetteer" (one who had a monopoly of official news) the idea came to Steele of publishing a literary magazine.

    Outlines of English and American Literature : an Introduction to the Chief Writers of England and America, to the Books They Wrote, and to the Times in Which They Lived

  • "This is the first volume of a gazetteer which is now being published.

    The Sign of Four

  • "This is the first volume of a gazetteer which is now being published.

    The Sign of the Four

  • "This is the first volume of a gazetteer which is now being published.

    The Sign Of The Four

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  • worth gazing upon!

    June 25, 2011

  • Holmes used this when looking up information about Bohemia.

    September 25, 2012