om·​buds·​per·​son ˈäm-ˌbu̇dz-ˌpər-sᵊn How to pronounce ombudsperson (audio)
plural ombudspersons or ombudspeople ˈäm-ˌbu̇dz-ˌpē-pəl How to pronounce ombudsperson (audio)
: a person who investigates, reports on, and helps settle complaints : ombudsman sense 1

Examples of ombudsperson in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to Peru’s human rights ombudsperson, 49 people were killed by gunfire in protests that took place between December 2022 and February 2023. Manuel Rueda, The Christian Science Monitor, 31 Aug. 2023 Many experts suggest a third party, like an ombudsperson. Jenny Morber, Scientific American, 10 June 2023 Many universities have an office to help students negotiate academic misconduct, sometimes called an ombudsperson or student affairs office. Geoffrey A. Fowler, Washington Post, 14 Aug. 2023 Brunson, a Latter-day Saint and a tax law professor at Loyola University Chicago, suggests a remedy: an ombudsperson (akin to the IRS’ Taxpayer Advocate Service). David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 Dec. 2022 However, the ombudsperson believed that, even without Betty Ann getting a doctor’s note, there were still grounds for discharge. Eleni Schirmer, The New Yorker, 23 Feb. 2023 Its ombudsperson, Efrat Sharony, showed an early willingness to conduct inspections of transfer facilities, visiting L.A. County’s Compound in February. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2023 According to a press release from the Senate Budget Committee on Tuesday, which was also Holocaust Remembrance Day in the United States, Credit Suisse fired an independent ombudsperson who oversaw a vast internal review, and restricted the scope of its internal investigations. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 19 Apr. 2023 The new Senate investigation centers around allegations made by Neil Barofsky, a lawyer from Jenner & Block hired in June 2021 to serve as an ombudsperson and oversee the review of the bank’s potential links to Nazi accounts. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 19 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1972, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ombudsperson was in 1972

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“Ombudsperson.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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