spokes·​man | \ˈspōks-mən \

Definition of spokesman 

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from spokesman

spokesmanship \ˈspōks-​mən-​ˌship \ noun

Examples of spokesman in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples on the Web

Magnuson was living in a van near the park where the deadly encounter occurred, district attorney spokesman Brent Weisberg told The Washington Post. Alex Horton, The Seattle Times, "A man hurled racist slurs and a punch at a FedEx driver — then died after he was punched back," 21 Nov. 2018 Russia has denied those allegations and fired back a rebuke of the U.S. withdraw, with Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov saying the move will make the world a more dangerous place, according to Reuters. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "US decision to withdraw from Cold War-era nuke treaty draws rebuke from Russia," 23 Oct. 2018 Yet, according to HeadCount spokesman Aaron Ghitelman, that number is just a humble estimate. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "How To Register To Vote Online," 25 Sep. 2018 Museum spokesman and country music legend Vince Gill even curates exhibits from time to time. Jennifer Bradley Franklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Atlanta," 23 Aug. 2018 The rule change, which will let Facebook employees pursue those claims in court, was announced in an internal post to staff on Friday, a spokesman for the company said. Casey Newton, The Verge, "One easy thing Facebook should do in Myanmar," 10 Nov. 2018 Judge Abdul-Sattar al-Birqdar, a judiciary spokesman, maintains Iraq’s legal system is sound. Sophia Jones, Marie Claire, "The Truth About The Wives of ISIS," 4 Oct. 2018 During Warren's hotly contested Senate bid in Massachusetts in 2012, The Boston Herald uncovered a 1996 student newspaper article quoting a Harvard Law School spokesman who boasted that Warren, who was a professor, was Native American. NBC News, "Fact check: Trump wants Warren to prove her Native American heritage. Could she?," 6 July 2018 The school district is negotiating with the charters to figure out a compromise, a schools spokesman said. Lois K. Solomon, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Charter schools fight for share of proposed tax," 29 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'spokesman.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about spokesman

Statistics for spokesman

Last Updated

30 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for spokesman

The first known use of spokesman was in 1537

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for spokesman



English Language Learners Definition of spokesman

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


spokes·​man | \ˈspōks-mən \
plural spokesmen\ˈspōks-​mən \

Kids Definition of spokesman

: a person who speaks for or represents someone or something

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on spokesman

What made you want to look up spokesman? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


the figure or shape of a crescent moon

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!