Definition of gazetteer in English:

gazetteer

noun

  • A geographical index or dictionary.

    ‘a gazetteer of place names of the Aegean’
    • ‘A reader interested in this aspect would at least have the gazetteer to fall back on as a reference.’
    • ‘History is, for him, a gazetteer for the present and a guidebook for the future.’
    • ‘A gazetteer published in 1819 described the museum as: neatly arranged and handsomely filled with several thousand articles, such as paintings, waxwork, natural and artificial curiosities.’
    • ‘The authors have tracked down with immense care as many missions as possible, each recorded in a valuable gazetteer at the end of the book.’
    • ‘Travel accounts, gazetteers, and geographies were abundant, but few could claim literary merit or accurate information.’
    • ‘His theatrical connections, his library with its absorbing gazetteers and high-shelved ‘adult’ reading, his sense of etiquette and of the unsaid, ally him symbolically with the realm of the imagination.’
    • ‘This delightful volume also includes a valuable gazetteer (complete with coordinates) and a passionate conservation section.’
    • ‘Many interesting sights are mentioned, but in many cases only incomplete directions are given for finding them: the book is more a guide than a gazetteer.’
    • ‘This vast atlas is something different: a gazetteer of all that is most inventive, inspiring and humane in the architecture of the past five years.’
    • ‘For coordinates of the tag locations of Asian specimens, and elevations of those locations where possible, we used a variety of maps, atlases, and gazetteers.’
    • ‘We are used to refreshing our memories from written material, maps and gazetteers.’
    • ‘And eventually we managed to produce a listing, a gazetteer and directory of all the known pipe organs in Australia, and that was actually first completed about 1976.’
    • ‘A digital gazetteer will provide access by specific geographic citations.’
    • ‘Guidebooks and gazetteers suggest the expanding public knowledge of the temple's history and contents.’
    • ‘This preparation project gave the students an opportunity to look at old photos, newspaper articles, the census, city directories, diaries, gazetteers, maps, and postcards.’
    • ‘Three basic features are needed for resolution of this problem via the Internet: accurate, detailed on-line gazetteers and maps; searchable or downloadable locality databases; and online access to museum catalogs.’
    • ‘Sandwiched between a brief but useful introduction and conclusion, the bulk of its pages are in effect a gazetteer of churches and other ecclesiastical buildings in the six Border Marches (from east to west, Scottish and English in turn).’
    • ‘Although gazetteers are often rich sources of local information, they were compiled to satisfy agendas that seldom included detailed discussions of local unrest.’
    • ‘Evidence that banditry was a genuine and serious problem can be found in local gazetteers of the period.’
    • ‘For the purposes of the gazetteer Britain is divided into eleven regions; each region is introduced by a map showing the present passenger rail network, together with freight-only or closed lines containing listed buildings.’

Origin

Early 17th century (in the sense ‘journalist’): via French from Italian gazzettiere, from gazzetta (see gazette). The current sense comes from a late 17th-century gazetteer called The Gazetteer's: or, Newsman's Interpreter: Being a Geographical Index.

Pronunciation

gazetteer

/ˌɡazəˈtɪə/