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

Examples of anchorman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Friend will play Guru Bob, a local ex-anchorman, who, after a trauma, rebrands himself as a mystic desert personality. Joe Otterson, Variety, 2 Nov. 2021 Letters postmarked Trenton, N.J., that later tested positive for anthrax were sent to the New York Post and NBC anchorman Tom Brokaw., 18 Sep. 2021 Pick your analogy: The Yankees were flattened in the ring, fell from a skyscraper, booted from the anchorman chair. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, 27 June 2021 In the scene, Mr. Beatty’s character summons Howard Beale (Peter Finch), the unstable anchorman who has just had an on-air meltdown, into the corporate boardroom and draws the curtains. New York Times, 13 June 2021 As Murray, the balding, humble head writer and Mary’s office best friend, Mr. MacLeod was given to firing zingers at the show’s other regulars, especially the pompously vain anchorman, Ted Baxter (Ted Knight, a longtime friend of Mr. MacLeod’s). Mike Flaherty, New York Times, 29 May 2021 The great failure of Mudd's professional career was his inability to secure a permanent berth as a network anchorman, first at CBS and then at NBC. Philip Terzian, Washington Examiner, 11 Mar. 2021 Expected to succeed its Nightly News anchorman John Chancellor, he was initially paired with Tom Brokaw in an effort to recapture the formula for the network's popular Huntley-Brinkley Report. Philip Terzian, Washington Examiner, 11 Mar. 2021 And while viewers should tune in Friday for Beamer’s parting words, the affable anchorman just couldn’t resist giving his own spin on that classic Ron Burgundy signoff. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 3 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of anchorman

1907, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of anchorman was in 1907

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10 Nov 2021

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“Anchorman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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

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