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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Infiltrating congress on her own terms, while redefining the antiquated ideas of what a politician is supposed to look, act, and dress like? Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Red Lipstick and Gold Hoops Were a Nod to Bronx Spirit—and Sonia Sotomayor—at Her Swearing In," 4 Jan. 2019 But Ocasio-Cortez — aka AOC — responded to the situation herself in a manner only a Millennial politician could manage: with a brand new dancing video and some pointed critique at members of the Republican Party who had issues with the old one. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Responded to Right Wing Outrage About Her Dancing with a New Dancing Video," 4 Jan. 2019 In 2016, as the BBC notes, Toby Harris, a British politician in the Labour Party, spearheaded an independent review looking into London’s preparedness in the event of a terrorist attack. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "Mysterious drones near UK’s Gatwick Airport have shut down runways for almost 24 hours," 20 Dec. 2018 There, a politician stretched budgets to woo the tech giant and came under fire from watchdogs for cutting a secretive deal that will have vast implications for the community. Josh Dzieza, The Verge, "An interview with Reply All’s Sruthi Pinnamaneni," 6 Dec. 2018 Season three will introduce Prime Minister Harold Wilson (Jason Watkins) a Labour politician who served two non-consecutive terms in the 1960s and 1970s. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gillian Anderson May Play Margaret Thatcher In The Crown," 23 Aug. 2018 While that's bad, CNN did worse by turning to former politician Rick Santorum. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Trump administration organizes pushback against its own climate report," 3 Dec. 2018 But while the majority of politicians and even a former Governor-General support a republic today with an Australian as head of state, the people don’t necessarily agree. Juliet Rieden, Town & Country, "Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Tour of Australia Is Crucial to the Future of the Monarchy," 1 Nov. 2018 The politicians have done their own oppo research, this time against the accusers. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Brett Kavanaugh, Jim Jordan, and the Fog of the Partisan," 13 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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