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Part of speech: noun

Origin: Italian, early 17th century


A geographical index or dictionary.

Examples of Gazetteer in a sentence

"The gazetteer had a very detailed index."

"Even though gazetteers are old fashioned, they can still be useful historial tools."

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About Gazetteer

This word stemmed from French but originated from the Italian “gazzettiere,” from “gazzetta.”

Did you Know?

“Gazetteer” comes directly from Laurence Eachard’s “The Gazetteer’s, or Newsman’s Interpreter,” a 1693 geographical handbook for folks in the newspaper industry. The second edition’s title was shortened to “The Gazetteer.” The archaic definition of “gazetteer” is a journalist.

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