spokes·​man | \ ˈspōks-mən How to pronounce spokesman (audio) \

Definition of spokesman

: a person who speaks as the representative of another or others often in a professional capacity

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spokesmanship \ ˈspōks-​mən-​ˌship How to pronounce spokesmanship (audio) \ noun

Examples of spokesman in a Sentence

A White House spokesman answered questions from the reporters. a spokesman for the cattle industry

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Muhibullah Sharifzai, the spokesman for the provincial governor, said two hospital employees had been killed, not four. David Zucchino, New York Times, "It’s War on Afghan Civilians, Even as Both Sides Talk Peace," 9 July 2019 Lonny Cavalier, the spokesman for the Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office, said Martin was charged with criminal mischief and unlawful posting of criminal activity for notoriety and publicity. al.com, "Accused Blue Bell ice cream licker: Video doesn’t tell the full story," 9 July 2019 Cumming and a spokesman for Young declined to comment. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore investigating racist and anti-Semitic tweets allegedly posted by Public Works employee," 9 July 2019 Magnolia Press is only one block down from the Silos, located at 418 S. Eighth St., and will include a full-service coffee bar, pastries, and teas, according to spokesman John Marsicano. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "Here's Everything You Need to Know About Joanna Gaines' Magnolia Press," 8 July 2019 Meanwhile, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov suggested that Russian artists should avoid touring Georgia because of security concerns, TASS news agency reported. Vladimir Kozlov, Billboard, "Kremlin Counters Boycott By Georgian Singer With Warning for Russian Artists," 5 July 2019 These officers do routine patrols and go on tactical assignments, both similar tasks performed by Chicago police officers in the district, the spokesman said. Jeremy Gorner, chicagotribune.com, "Another violent weekend in Chicago, but some good news for a troubled neighborhood," 2 July 2019 That’s still being decided, the Pentagon spokesman said. Heather Timmons, Quartz, "Here are the two tanks that will rumble through Trump’s July 4th spectacle," 2 July 2019 The spokesman said the county has 2,800 subscribers to its weekly email bulletin that lists board meeting times, which is also shared with the county’s 10,900 Twitter followers. Tad Vezner, Twin Cities, "The Board of Yes: New Ramsey County board has yet to tally a single dissenting vote," 30 June 2019

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First Known Use of spokesman

1537, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spokesman

probably irregular from spoke, obsolete past participle of speak

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English Language Learners Definition of spokesman

: someone who speaks for or represents a person, company, etc.


spokes·​man | \ ˈspōks-mən How to pronounce spokesman (audio) \
plural spokesmen\ ˈspōks-​mən How to pronounce spokesmen (audio) \

Kids Definition of spokesman

: a person who speaks for or represents someone or something

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