pol·​i·​ti·​cian | \ ˌpä-lə-ˈti-shən How to pronounce politician (audio) \

Definition of politician

1 : a person experienced in the art or science of government especially : one actively engaged in conducting the business of a government
2a : a person engaged in party politics as a profession
b often disparaging : a person primarily interested in political office for selfish or other narrow usually short-sighted reasons

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Zero funding for climate denying lobbyists and politicians To some, the asks may seem pie-in-the-sky and even philosophically controversial. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "Even Jeff Bezos can’t afford to ignore his employees’ climate-change demands," 13 Sep. 2019 Debates are moments on national television when politicians can change the conversation. Glamour, "No One Asked About Abortion. With Kirsten Gillibrand Out of the Race, No One Brought It Up, Either," 13 Sep. 2019 And nostalgia helped build the case that some politicians made for Brexit, the idea of leaving the European Union, before a referendum on the question. The Christian Science Monitor, "Nurturing our kids’ independence – with joy!," 13 Sep. 2019 Decisions on the purchase of telecoms equipment could then return from politicians to pragmatic boardrooms. The Economist, "Huawei may sell its 5G technology to a Western buyer," 11 Sep. 2019 The company had been under pressure from gun-control advocacy groups, politicians and its own employees since the two store shootings. Abha Bhattarai, The Denver Post, "Following Walmart’s lead, Kroger asks customers not to openly carry firearms in stores," 4 Sep. 2019 But a loophole that will allow small grassroots groups and local politicians to run political ads could also continue to allow bad actors to take advantage of the process. Barbara Ortutay, Fortune, "Facebook Tightens Political Ad Rules—But There Are Loopholes," 28 Aug. 2019 Preckwinkle, Foxx and Evans get the applause as compassionate politicians. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Column: What was in that felon’s trunk? More evidence that the Cook County bond system is broken," 22 Aug. 2019 Noah's late grandfather, Ronald Ray Cyrus, served as a politician in the state of Kentucky. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "7 Facts about Noah Cyrus That'll Make You a Stan," 21 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of politician

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of politician

: someone who is active in government usually as an elected official


pol·​i·​ti·​cian | \ ˌpä-lə-ˈti-shən How to pronounce politician (audio) \

Kids Definition of politician

: a person who is active in government usually as an elected official

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