Baedeker

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English[edit]

Baedeker's Paris (1860)

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Etymology[edit]

From German Baedeker.

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Baedeker

  1. (proprietary name) A long-established series of travel guidebooks.
    • 1905, E. M. Forster, Where Angels Fear to Tread[1]:
      Mrs. Herriton did not proceed. She was not one to detect the hidden charms of Baedeker. Some of the information seemed to her unnecessary, all of it was dull.

Noun[edit]

Baedeker (plural Baedekers)

  1. (by extension from the proprietary name) Any travel guide, advice for travelers, or guide pertaining to other subjects.
    • 1934 December 3, “Literary Guide: Review of The Georgian Scene by Frank Swinnerton”, in Time:
      His middle-of-the-road guidebook to the Georgians (Henry James to T. S. Eliot) will be a useful Baedeker for literary sightseers.
    • 1991 September 6, Nancy Sharkey, “Concierges: Baedekers in the Flesh”, in New York Times, page C1:
      Concierges: Baedekers in the Flesh [title]

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German[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Named after German publisher Karl Baedeker (1801–1859). The original spelling of the family name was Bädeker.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈbɛːdɛkɐ/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

Baedeker m (genitive Baedeker or Baedekers, plural Baedeker)

  1. Baedeker (travel guide)
    • 1881, Karl May, Durch Wüste und Harem[2]:
      Ich ziehe das Pferd und das Kamel den Posten und Bahnen, das Kanoe dem Steamer und die Büchse dem wohl visierten Passe vor; auch reise ich lieber nach Timbuktu oder Tobolsk als nach Nizza oder Helgoland; ich verlasse mich auf keinen Dolmetscher und auf keinen Bädeker; []
      (please add an English translation of this quote)

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