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[stuh-nog-ruh-fer] /stəˈnɒg rə fər/
a person who specializes in taking dictation in shorthand.
Also, stenographist.
Origin of stenographer
1790-1800, Americanism; stenograph + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for stenographer
  • My mom's a court stenographer and she's practiced for years taking down exactly what people say.
  • Some towns spring for a stenographer or taping system, and some justices try to scrawl notes while they preside.
  • When the opposing attorney asked whether she had written a certain letter, she replied that she was not a stenographer.
  • For example, a stenographer who is given a course in stenography is engaged in an activity to make her a better stenographer.
  • Services of a certified translator, court reporter or stenographer available.
  • If a stenographer took minutes of the trial, appellant must pay the fees to have them transcribed.
  • Generally, question and answer statements are recorded by a stenographer or on sound recording equipment.
British Dictionary definitions for stenographer


  1. (mainly US & Canadian) a person skilled in the use of shorthand and in typing Brit equivalent shorthand typist
  2. a peson with these skills whose job it is to record verbatim everything that is said during a court case
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Word Origin and History for stenographer

1809, agent noun formation from stenography.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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