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

Examples of politician in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In her final role, actress and politician Carmen Salinas is adorable as Antonio’s mother, Cecilia. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2022 Sam Maverick was a powerful landowner and politician, serving as mayor of San Antonio and senator in the Texas legislature. Ben Zimmer, WSJ, 12 May 2022 The show follows Kathleen Peterson (Toni Collette), a business executive married to novelist, columnist and aspiring politician Michael Peterson (Colin Firth). Kayla Samoy, Chicago Tribune, 11 May 2022 Yoon, 61, is a first-time politician and former prosecutor general who begins his five-year term amid soaring housing prices, deepening income inequality, and a challenging economic recovery from the global coronavirus pandemic. Washington Post, 10 May 2022 As a career politician and one of the earliest and most earnest voices in the climate fight, Al Gore might be the first to say that not all problems can be solved on the national stage. Joan Meiners, The Arizona Republic, 27 Apr. 2022 Incumbent Emmanuel Macron and far-right politician Marine Le Pen will have to woo the more than 7 million Mélenchon voters ahead of the second round of the presidential election this weekend. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Apr. 2022 Gorsuch’s mother is the late Anne Gorsuch, an attorney and conservative politician who served as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from 1981 to 1983 under President Ronald Reagan. Orlando Mayorquin, USA TODAY, 22 Apr. 2022 Authorities believe the 350-footer in question, which goes by the name of Amadea, belongs to sanctioned Russian billionaire and politician Suleiman Kerimov. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 19 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of politician

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for politician

politic or politic(s) + -ian entry 1

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21 May 2022

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“Politician.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/politician. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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