an·​chor·​man ˈaŋ-kər-ˌman How to pronounce anchorman (audio)
: a person who is last: such as
: the member of a team who competes last
the anchorman on a relay team
: the student who has the lowest scholastic standing in a graduating class
: a broadcaster (as on a news program) who introduces reports by other broadcasters and usually reads the news

Examples of anchorman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During his 1990s run as SNL’s fake anchorman, the comedian homed in on Simpson in his relentless pursuit of the perfect punchline — one that likely cost him his dream gig. Geoff Edgers, Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2024 After Kennedy was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital, MacNeil managed to commandeer one of two pay phones in an anteroom and fed NBC anchormen Chet Huntley and David Brinkley updates all day. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Apr. 2024 Aside from the anchormen, a handful of TV celebrity interviewers (Barbara Walters and Mike Wallace), and the occasional newspaper columnist (George Will), virtually no one in the news business was a brand in 1987. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 3 July 2023 Television news in the 1980s was personified by three anchormen—Dan Rather (CBS), Tom Brokaw (NBC), and Peter Jennings (ABC)—who presided over 30-minute network evening newscasts at 6:30. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 3 July 2023 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appeared to find a good balance in central midfield in the second half of last season, with January signing Bruno Fernandes as the No. 10 ahead of a ball-player in fit-again Paul Pogba and a more defensive anchorman in Nemanja Matic. Steve Douglas, Star Tribune, 9 Sep. 2020 Calling its show Groove Tube, Channel One specialized in skits satirizing TV conventions like clowns on kids shows and anchormen. Chris Koseluk, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Feb. 2023 Kimbrough would go on to achieve mainstream success for his role as anchorman Jim Dial on the sitcom Murphy Brown, centered on the personal and professional misadventures of the title character played by Candice Bergen, a star reporter for FYI, a fictional television newsmagazine. Jessica Wang,, 5 Feb. 2023 Suzy Smith, who was also a flight attendant with Pan Am starting in 1967, also remembers sharing moments with passengers in the lounge, including celebrities like actors Vincent Price and Raquel Welch, anchorman Walter Cronkite and the Princess Grace of Monaco. Jacopo Prisco, CNN, 5 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of anchorman was in 1907

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“Anchorman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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an·​chor·​man ˈaŋ-kər-ˌman How to pronounce anchorman (audio)
: one who competes or is placed last
: an anchorperson who is a man

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