Simple Definition of ombudsman
: a person (such as a government official or an employee) who investigates complaints and tries to deal with problems fairly
Full Definition of ombudsman
plural om·buds·menplay \-mən\
1 : a government official (as in Sweden or New Zealand) appointed to receive and investigate complaints made by individuals against abuses or capricious acts of public officials
2 : one that investigates, reports on, and helps settle complaints
Examples of ombudsman
The insurance company's ombudsman was able to resolve the problem.
The town's ombudsman said he would look into charges of corruption.
Origin of ombudsman
Swedish, literally, representative, from Old Norse umbothsmathr, from umboth commission + mathr man
First Known Use: 1959
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