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 And Mr Johnson seems to be maturing as a politician: his tone is more statesmanlike and Downing Street more professional. The Economist, "How Boris Johnson should spend his political capital," 6 Feb. 2021 Thai officials on Wednesday filed criminal charges against a popular former politician, accusing him of defaming the monarchy by broadcasting criticism of government efforts to secure supplies of coronavirus vaccines. Star Tribune, "Popular Thai politician charged with defaming monarchy," 20 Jan. 2021 According to a December poll by Kantar, a global public opinion firm, published in Bild, Spahn had surpassed Merkel as the country’s most popular politician. Madeline Roache, Time, "Angela Merkel's CDU Party Is Choosing a New Leader. Whoever Wins Might Become Germany's Next Chancellor," 14 Jan. 2021 That cleared the way for the election of former fringe politician Jair Bolsonaro. Washington Post, "Ban Trump from running again? That’s been tried elsewhere — with mixed results," 13 Jan. 2021 None of them are adored like Ms. Merkel, who after a decade and a half in office and, especially after her handling of the pandemic, remains Germany’s most popular politician. New York Times, "Coronavirus Dominates Merkel’s Last New Year’s Speech as Chancellor," 31 Dec. 2020 Napoleon treated everyone as a friend, greeted them with a smile and stayed a true member of the community, even as a politician, said Thaddeus Walker, 58, of Detroit. Darcie Moran, Detroit Free Press, "'He was born smiling:' Police, civilians say goodbye to Sheriff Benny Napoleon," 30 Dec. 2020 Napoleon's career as a politician was not without controversy. Darcie Moran, USA TODAY, "Benny Napoleon, sheriff of Wayne County in Michigan, dies after complications with COVID-19," 18 Dec. 2020 Awng, who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Myanmar, has embraced Trump as a politician who echoes his conviction that China’s influence in the world must be sharply curtailed, and as one who Awng says shares his Christian values. Anchorage Daily News, "Grief, anger, disbelief: Trump voters face Biden’s victory," 13 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of politician was in 1589

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“Politician.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/politician. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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