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[bey-di-ker] /ˈbeɪ dɪ kər/
Karl, 1801–59, German publisher, notably of guidebooks for travelers.
any of the series of guidebooks for travelers issued by the him or his successors.
anyguidebook, pamphlet, or the like, containing information useful to travelers:
a Baedeker to the restaurants of the region. Unabridged
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  • I shall be forced to buy a Baedeker, if there is a Baedeker for those regions.

    Gossamer George A. Birmingham
  • Picturesque as the place was, it held nothing to appeal to the Baedeker spirit.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • Before departing, he desired to buy a Baedeker or Murray guide of London.

    Against The Grain Joris-Karl Huysmans
  • For it is impossible, as well as sacrilegious, to be as quick as Baedeker.

  • Philip left his walking-stick, his socks, and the Baedeker at Bologna; she only left her sponge-bag.

  • And you can get one of Stoddart's books in the library—and a Baedeker, too.

    Highacres Jane Abbott
  • Yet who can see Florence without this, though we may pack below it Baedeker and Murray?

  • Tell the story of Roland and Hildegunde (see Baedeker, p. 66).

    Diary of a Pilgrimage Jerome K. Jerome
  • The red edge of his Baedeker still projected from the lawyer's pocket, for it had not been worth their captor's while to take it.

    A Desert Drama A. Conan Doyle
  • "Two and one is three and three is six and the 'Baedeker' and the umbrellas," said the girl.

    The Lovely Lady Mary Austin
British Dictionary definitions for Baedeker


any of a series of travel guidebooks issued by the German publisher Karl Baedeker (1801–59) or his firm
any guidebook
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Baedeker

"travel guide," 1863, from German printer and bookseller Karl Baedeker (1801-1859) whose popular travel guides began the custom of rating places with one to four stars. The Baedeker raids by the Luftwaffe in April and May 1942 targeted British cultural and historical sites.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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