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gazette n : a newspaper or official journal v : publish in a gazette

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First attested from 1605, from gazette, from gazzetta newspaper, from the name of a small copper coin , from gazza magpie; possibly from the price or its association with the bird (metaph. chatterbox)


  • /gəˈzɛt/
    Rhymes: -ɛt


  1. A newspaper; a printed sheet published periodically; esp., the official journal published by the British government, and containing legal and state notices.



  1. To publish in a gazette

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From gazzetta.


  • /gazɛt/


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Extensive Definition

otheruses The Gazette The term gazette normally refers to a newspaper.
In the governments of Commonwealth countries, a gazette is an official journal that publishes the texts of the new laws and government decisions.
The word comes from gazzetta, a Venetian coin used to buy early Italian newspapers; the coin became a name for the papers themselves. The word was loaned into English to describe a newspaper. "Gazette" came to be used for an official government paper with the creation of the London Gazette, first published in 1665 under the title of The Oxford Gazette. This was one of the first publications in the world that could be termed a "newspaper". The Edinburgh Gazette came into existence in 1699 and the Belfast Gazette appeared in 1921.
"Gazette", by extension, has come to be used as the name of mainstream newspapers in the print media, such as the Montreal Gazette (for others in this genre, see The Gazette).
The word "gazette" is also used as a transitive verb, meaning to announce or publish in a gazette: "Lake Nakuru was gazetted as a bird sanctuary in 1960, then was upgraded to National Park status in 1968."

Official gazettes

In some countries, publication in the official gazette is a condition for official documentation to come into effect and be released in the public domain, for example The Royal Gazette of Thailand.
gazette in German: Gesetzblatt

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Congressional Record, Hansard, Red Book, annual, bimonthly, biweekly, blue book, daily, daily newspaper, daybook, diary, ephemeris, extra, extra edition, fortnightly, green book, journal, magazine, monthly, national newspaper, neighborhood newspaper, news, newsmagazine, newspaper, newspaper of record, official journal, organ, paper, periodical, pictorial, quarterly, rag, review, serial, sheet, slick magazine, special, special edition, state paper, tabloid, trade magazine, weekly, weekly newspaper, white book, white paper, yearbook, yellow book
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