Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A writer of news, or an officer appointed to publish news by authority; a journalist.
  • n. A newspaper; a gazette.
  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

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

Examples

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  • Holmes used this when looking up information about Bohemia.

    September 25, 2012

  • worth gazing upon!

    June 25, 2011