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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Saturday’s event will be hosted by anchorman Carlo Cecchetto from CBS 8 and will also include more than 40 exhibitors sharing information about support groups, health service providers, home safety, mentorship and exercise programs for people living with Parkinson’s disease. San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Apr. 2022 Charles Kimbrough, who is remembered for his 10-season stint as the anchorman Jim Dial on the Emmy Award-winning comedy Murphy Brown, died on January 11 in Culver City, California. Marc Berman, Forbes, 5 Feb. 2023 Clooney’s father, Nick, 88, his TV anchorman voice still resonant, shared his pride in his son. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 5 Dec. 2022 Chen played a straight-faced anchorman, narrating the preposterous reports that appeared onscreen. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, 14 Nov. 2022 See More

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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 5 Jun. 2023.

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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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