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gazetteer

[gaz-i-teer] /ˌgæz ɪˈtɪər/
noun
1.
a geographical dictionary.
2.
Archaic. a journalist, especially one appointed and paid by the government.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; gazette + -eer
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British Dictionary definitions for gazetteer

gazetteer

/ˌɡæzɪˈtɪə/
noun
1.
a book or section of a book that lists and describes places gaz
2.
(archaic) a writer for a gazette or newspaper; journalist
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Word Origin and History for gazetteer

1610s, "journalist," from gazette (n.) + -eer. Meaning "geographical dictionary" is from 1704, from Laurence Eachard's 1693 geographical handbook for journalists, "The Gazetteer's, or Newsman's, Interpreter," second edition simply titled "The Gazetteer."

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