politician

noun
pol·​i·​ti·​cian | \ˌpä-lə-ˈti-shən \

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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Even at the time, the choice raised eyebrows, since Manafort had been ousted from the campaign after scandal-laden stories about his work for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Why Trump’s inauguration money is a major part of Mueller’s Russia investigation," 5 July 2018 In the southwestern province of Baluchistan, a suicide bomber killed 128 people, including a politician running for a provincial legislature. NBC News, "More than 100 people killed in Pakistan election violence," 14 July 2018 The first bomb that killed four people exploded in the northwest near the election rally of a senior politician from an Islamist party who is running for parliament from the northwestern town of Bannu. Zaheer Babar And Abdul Sattar, chicagotribune.com, "74 dead in election violence in Pakistan," 13 July 2018 Chris Hurst, a first-time politician who was elected to Virginia’s House of Delegates last November, worked with Tech for Campaigns beginning several months before Election Day. New York Times, "4,500 Tech Workers, 1 Mission: Get Democrats Elected," 13 July 2018 The first bomb that killed four people exploded in the northwest near the election rally of a senior politician from an Islamist party who is running for parliament from the northwestern town of Bannu. Zaheer Babar And Abdul Sattar, USA TODAY, "At least 74 people killed in Pakistan election violence," 13 July 2018 There will be a deep well of popular anger to exploit for a politician who can frame themself as the defender of the will of the people. The Economist, "Donald Trump lays into Britain’s Brexit plan," 13 July 2018 An earlier bombing Friday killed four people in the northwest near the election rally of a senior politician from an Islamist party who is running for Parliament from the northwestern town of Bannu. Zaheer Babar, BostonGlobe.com, "132 people die in election violence ahead of Sharif’s return," 13 July 2018 Elite houses, from the domus of a Pompeian politician to the Palace of Versailles, from Biltmore to McMansions in subdivisions named Biltmore, have always maintained a separation of formal and informal space. Kate Wagner, Curbed, "Our homes don’t need formal spaces," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of politician

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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politician

noun

English Language Learners Definition of politician

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

politician

noun
pol·​i·​ti·​cian | \ˌpä-lə-ˈti-shən \

Kids Definition of politician

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

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