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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Lamont isn’t the first wealthy politician to use some of his personal fortune for the expenses of the office. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "When it comes to giving at the office, Gov. Lamont is writing checks — and not taking a salary," 7 July 2019 The word choice is telling, for if the policy wonk is smart, meticulous, and objective, his or her evil twin is the emotional, bombastic, and partisan politician. John Patrick Leary, The New Republic, "How Washington’s Elite Learned to Love Policy Wonks," 5 July 2019 For season 3, Princess Bride star Cary Elwes plays Hawkins' mayor, the shady and troublesome politician who’s got a cigar in his mouth and a handful of secrets up his sleeve. Rachel Paige, refinery29.com, "Stranger Things 3," 5 July 2019 The conservative politician has built a strong national following and is a prolific fundraiser. Gromer Jeffers Jr., Dallas News, "Colin Allred has more than $1M for re-election bid as challengers, perhaps Allen West, consider running," 2 July 2019 The politicians got involved, too, with the US Congress passing a law in 2005. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Happy Asteroid Day! NASA still can’t track the ones that could end civilization," 29 June 2019 Former Governor John Hickenlooper is one of the many politicians vying for a nomination from the Democratic Party to face off against President Trump in 2020. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Everything to Know About John Hickenlooper's Wife Robin Pringle," 28 June 2019 And what happens if the artist doesn’t like the politician? Terry Moseley, Billboard, "Political Playlists: How Music Affects Voters' Views of Presidential Candidates," 26 June 2019 Trump factor Skelley’s analysis shows that in some of the elections in which the loser won the rematch, the avenging politician benefited from having their name appear down ballot from a president popular within their own state. al.com, "How the odds are stacked against Roy Moore," 21 June 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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