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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Recent Examples on the Web Abbott, the most popular politician in Texas, is critical to the Republican Party’s chances of remaining the dominant party in Texas. Dallas News, "Greg Abbott’s handling of coronavirus crisis critical to fate of Texas GOP in November, beyond," 22 May 2020 Unlike in Britain and the U.S., where daily coronavirus updates are led by politicians, in Ireland the press conference is chaired by Holohan himself. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, "Ireland Puts Its Anthony Fauci Front and Center," 22 May 2020 With nearly two million Twitter followers and polls that often show more than a 90 percent approval rating, Bukele has broken the traditional mold for politicians in his country and generated international attention. Patrick Oppmann, CNN, "Savior or strongman? El Salvador's millennial president defies his own government on coronavirus policy," 21 May 2020 The international organization, which happens to be based at the Bronx Zoo, is among several environmental groups, politicians, and celebrities now advocating for a ban. Popular Science, "Vets, farmers, and zookeepers can help prevent the next pandemic," 20 May 2020 Get to know the firecracker politician, with a fine balance of pathos and humor throughout. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "6 Feel-Good Broadway Musicals to Stream Right Now," 13 May 2020 The daughter of a prominent politician in Malaysia flouted a nationwide lockdown to meet with a public official but got off with a relatively minor $184 fine. Los Angeles Times, "How coronavirus — a ‘rich man’s disease’ — infected the poor," 8 May 2020 Abrams, who had just narrowly lost a gubernatorial bid in Georgia, in a race that was beset by controversies, had become one of the most visible and popular Democratic politicians in the country. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, "Why Stacey Abrams Would Like to Be Vice-President," 6 May 2020 Variety reported that Gaffigan will play the late politician in a dark comedy series with Jesse McKeown (The Sinner, Letterkenny) attached as a writer and executive producer. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "Jim Gaffigan to play notorious Toronto mayor Rob Ford in AMC series," 6 May 2020

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First Known Use of politician

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 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 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of politician

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


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

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