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
Recent Examples on the Web But, at least to one long-time politico, Utah is slow to catch up with the shifts that are driving the Republican party nationally. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 June 2021 Second, longer-term and more strategic, is China’s growing philosophical, politico-military and economic assault against the U.S. and the Indo-Pacific generally. John Bolton, WSJ, 23 May 2021 His calls to extend voting rights to African Americans earned him a knife attack from a Southern politico — one of the era's countless fits of political violence. Kevin Canfield, Star Tribune, 23 Apr. 2021 Born and raised in Baltimore, Patrick was an English major at the University of Maryland, and worked as a nightclub owner and failed businessman before refashioning himself as a shock-jock radio host and then a far-right politico. Casey Michel, The New Republic, 30 Mar. 2021 Cox has been consulting with former Gov. Mike Leavitt, a governor who one veteran politico told me would be a role model for Cox — more of a big-idea guy than a manager. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Nov. 2020 Miami's local politico was a barber who connected Lopez with a job in Phoenix as a field representative for the Arizona State Civil Rights Commission. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, The Arizona Republic, 25 Aug. 2020 The drug czar has a new spokesman, longtime Washington politico and communications adviser Gregory T. Angelo. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, 15 June 2020 Debbie Orozco Solis has faced down cement magnates, gentrification-hungry developers and politicos at City Hall. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, 1 May 2020

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First Known Use of politico

1630, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for politico

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

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17 Jun 2021

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“Politico.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/politico. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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