po·​lit·​i·​co | \ pə-ˈli-ti-ˌkō How to pronounce politico (audio) \
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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State politicos thought Gillum benefited from being the odd man out in what was at times a fierce battle between Graham and Greene in particular. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Andrew Gillum wins Florida governor primary in upset victory for the left," 29 Aug. 2018 Austin’s South by Southwest, or SXSW, began as a music, film and tech conference but has become a popular stop for left-of-center politicos. Karl Rove, WSJ, "American History as Told by AOC," 13 Mar. 2019 Most politicos seem convinced of the top two names: Lt. USA TODAY, "How Thad Cochran's retirement impacts Mississippi midterm elections, political landscape," 5 Mar. 2018 Ellis specifically pushed Andres on why the prosecution was moving slowly with Gates, as well as why the prosecution is focusing on the link between wealthy Ukrainian politicos and Manafort. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "Ex-Manafort associate Rick Gates returns to stand as angry Manafort trial judge lashes out at prosecutor," 7 Aug. 2018 Ball was now besieged by callers — local politicos, voters, county staff. Benjamin Wofford, Vox, "The midterms are already hacked. You just don’t know it yet.," 25 Oct. 2018 But interviews with several local politicos and analysts yielded a few comparisons. James Pindell, BostonGlobe.com, "Suddenly every Democrat is the next Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Just ask them," 13 July 2018 Henrietta LoydCazenove + LoydShe’ll arrange art tours in Cape Town, meetings with politicos in Ethiopia, and safaris through tribal regions of Kenya. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 Florida is a state of 21 million people and political contrasts: Trump won the state by a single point in 2016, and most in-state politicos believe this year’s governor and Senate races could be just as close. Dylan Scott, Vox, "How racist robocalls and an FBI inquiry are shaking up the Florida governor’s race," 7 Nov. 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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