po·​lit·​i·​co pə-ˈli-ti-ˌkō How to pronounce politico (audio)
plural politicos also politicoes

Examples of politico in a Sentence

a politico who will do anything to win an election
Recent Examples on the Web The Times’ Hannah Fry and Tony Briscoe wrote about the politico brouhaha over the new rules, which could get thrown out if former President Trump returns to the White House. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2024 The half-a-million dollar check may not be a surprise to local politicos who have watched Liccardo and Bloomberg’s relationship develop over the years. Grace Hase, The Mercury News, 21 Mar. 2024 De León, politically left for dead after his role in the racist conversation with other Latino politicos that was leaked in 2022, successfully campaigned for his electoral life. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 20 Mar. 2024 Brian Platt, a Portland, Oregon resident who spent three weeks in Racine County helping the committee collect signatures, said he was recruited by a group that helps politicos in election years gather signatures for a host of issues. Journal Sentinel, 19 Mar. 2024 Democratic politicos felt left out when presidential nominees were chosen via earlier primaries in other states. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, 3 Mar. 2024 Right-wing politicos unwilling or unable to even feign interest in making public policy scurried to get in front of this parade. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 4 Jan. 2024 But some Republicans and Missouri politicos have noticed that Kehoe has taken a more subtle approach to his campaign. Kacen Bayless, Kansas City Star, 29 Feb. 2024 During the 1992 riots, Eastside politicos initially bragged that Latinos had largely remained peaceful. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2024

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Word History


borrowed from Italian politico and Spanish político, both derivatives of the corresponding adjectives politico and político "political," borrowed from Latin polīticus "of civil government, political" — more at politic

First Known Use

1630, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of politico was in 1630

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“Politico.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/politico. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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