po·​lit·​i·​co | \pə-ˈli-ti-ˌkō \
plural politicos also politicoes

Definition of politico 

Examples of politico in a Sentence

a politico who will do anything to win an election

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Legal scholars and politicos have also been scrutinizing Kavanaugh’s expansive interpretation of executive powers. Brian Bennett, Time, "How Brett Kavanaugh Could Change the Supreme Court—and America," 12 July 2018 But many California politicos now say the experiment has failed, creating a confusing mess for voters in which candidates sometimes spend money to boost certain opponents in attempts to game the system. NBC News, "California polls close as both parties scramble for spots on the November ballot," 6 June 2018 Those mealy words are a sure sign of trouble, the kind that lets politicos and policy makers kick out an idea without offering a solution. San Francisco Chronicle, "Last Word: Plain language is getting a mauling this election season," 4 May 2018 From William McKinley in 1899 to the Bushes and then U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, presidents and other politicos have held court inside the hotel. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee's Pfister Hotel: 125 years of history, hospitality and heart," 30 Apr. 2018 McMaster is waging a runoff campaign against businessman John Warren, a first-time politico who some see as more like Trump himself. Washington Post, "Trump lends support to McMaster in South Carolina runoff," 25 June 2018 McMaster is waging a runoff campaign against businessman John Warren, a first-time politico who some see as more like Trump himself. Meg Kinnard, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump to test clout in South Carolina runoff," 24 June 2018 Michelle Wolf, formerly of The Daily Show (more on that later), did a set and made fun of some people, and a few politicos and reporters got huffy and offended. Jason Johnson, The Root, "It’s Been a Week; Can We Finally Admit That Everybody Won at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner?," 4 May 2018 In deciding to back Mr. de Blasio, the men had followed the advice of Fernando Mateo, a local politico who was also an owner of La Marina restaurant in Inwood and worked for a city taxi union. Alan Feuer, New York Times, "Tracking Graft, From the Bootlegger to the Mayor," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of politico

1630, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for politico

Italian politico or Spanish político, ultimately from Latin politicus political

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