an·​chor·​man | \ ˈaŋ-kər-ˌman How to pronounce anchorman (audio) \

Definition of anchorman

1 : a person who is last: such as
a : the member of a team who competes last the anchorman on a relay team
b : the student who has the lowest scholastic standing in a graduating class
2 : a broadcaster (as on a news program) who introduces reports by other broadcasters and usually reads the news

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For some four decades Mike Wallace was as famous as a television journalist could get without being a network anchorman. Mark Feeney,, "Documentary ‘Mike Wallace Is Here’ is a slam-bang look at a slam-bang interviewer," 31 July 2019 Landscape with Rain, It’s hard to imagine a better anchorman for the Cosmic Impact Channel than Lyall Watson, a prolific South African writer and naturalist somewhere on the spectrum between crank and polymath. Julian Lucas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 22 July 2019 One of four children of network anchorman David Brinkley, Dr. Brinkley became a National Book Award winner, Pulitzer Prize finalist and prominent author of two widely used American history textbooks. Washington Post, "Alan Brinkley, historian of liberalism, dies at 70," 17 June 2019 The most likely explanation is that spending a few days in the company of a network anchorman appealed to the President’s vanity. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "The Stephanopoulos Interview Is Another Fine Mess for Trump," 15 June 2019 The moderators are: Vic Carter, WJZ anchorman; Ann Cotten, director of the Schaefer Center, and Andrew A. Green, editorial page editor for The Sun. David Zurawik,, "WJZ gives up an hour of evening news to air Md. gubernatorial debate," 5 June 2018 William Kvist, 33, is the wily anchorman at the base of the midfield, with more than a decade of international experience. Steve Douglas,, "World Cup Countdown: Eriksen leads Denmark team looking to replicate 1992 heroics," 24 May 2018 The former anchorman will be replaced by Linda McMahon, a member of Donald Trump’s Cabinet and the Catholic institution’s biggest benefactor. Neil Vigdor,, "Linda McMahon Replaces Tom Brokaw As Sacred Heart U. Commencement Speaker," 27 Apr. 2018 One anchorman on a state television news show began a report on Skripal's poisoning with a warning to anyone considering becoming a double agent., "U.K. Military Aiding Probe of Poisoned Former Spy," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of anchorman

1912, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of anchorman

chiefly US : a man who reads the news and introduces the reports of other broadcasters on a television news program

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