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[guh-zet] /gəˈzɛt/
a newspaper (now used chiefly in the names of newspapers):
The Phoenix Gazette.
Chiefly British. an official government journal containing lists of government appointments and promotions, bankruptcies, etc.
verb (used with object), gazetted, gazetting.
Chiefly British. to publish, announce, or list in an official government journal.
1595-1605; < French < Italian gazzetta < Venetian gazeta, originally a coin (the price of the paper), diminutive of gaza magpie
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ungazetted, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for un gazetted


  1. a newspaper or official journal
  2. (capital when part of the name of a newspaper) the Thame Gazette
(Brit) an official document containing public notices, appointments, etc gaz
(transitive) (Brit) to announce or report (facts or an event) in a gazette
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Italian gazzetta, from Venetian dialect gazeta news-sheet costing one gazet, small copper coin, perhaps from gaza magpie, from Latin gaia, gaius jay
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Word Origin and History for un gazetted
"newspaper," 1605, from Fr. gazette, from It. gazzetta, Venetian dial. gazeta "newspaper," originally the name of a small copper coin, lit. "little magpie," from gazza; applied to the monthly newspaper published in Venice by the government mid-1500s, either from its price or its association with the bird (typical of false chatter), or both. First used in Eng. 1665 for the paper issued at Oxford, whither the court had fled from the plague. Gazetteer "geographical dictionary" is 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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Encyclopedia Article for un gazetted


originally, a newssheet containing an abstract of current events, the forerunner of the modern newspaper. The word is derived from the Italian gazzetta, a name given to informal news or gossip sheets first published in Venice in the mid-16th century. (Some historians speculate that the word was originally the name of a Venetian coin.) Similar sheets soon made their appearance in France and in England. The type of gazette originating from the private newsletter existed in England before the middle of the 16th century but was confined mainly to detailed accounts of diplomatic maneuvers. Upon the accession of Queen Elizabeth I, however, a far greater variety of such sheets began to appear. Aimed at a wide popular audience, they disseminated gossip, trivia, unofficial news accounts from nongovernmental sources, news of recent explorations, commercial advertisements, and the more sensational news items of the day-reports of lurid crimes, supposed miracles, witchcraft, and the like. The news collected in these sheets was contributed by volunteers, was frequently based on the accounts of anonymous witnesses, and was notorious for its inaccuracy. In the 17th century the term was increasingly applied to official government publications, such as the Oxford Gazette (founded 1665), which is considered to be England's first true newspaper. The Oxford later became the London Gazette, which is still published as a court journal, containing records of honours, official appointments, names of bankrupts, and public notices.

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