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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Other Words from spokesman

spokesmanship \ ˈspōks-​mən-​ˌship How to pronounce spokesman (audio) \ 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 In an email, the spokesman for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services said prosecutors decided to bring charges now. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, 28 May 2021 The spokesman said the delay does not affect 787s, which Boeing calls the Dreamliner, that have already been delivered to airline customers. Chron, 28 May 2021 The transaction was completed sooner than required by her ethics agreement, the spokesman said. Gregory Wallace, CNN, 27 May 2021 The Colonial spokesman said the TSA in 2018 completed security assessments that included three facility reviews and an audit of its security policies. David Uberti, WSJ, 26 May 2021 The spokesman said that before Hamas there was the PLO, and before them the Fedayeen who launched countless attacks on Israeli settlements in the 1950s, many of them from Gaza. Matt Gutman, ABC News, 25 May 2021 Manchester police have taken down a Thin Blue Line flag outside the station to comply with a new town policy, the department spokesman said Wednesday. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, 19 May 2021 People who dump mustangs at auctions, the spokesman said, are free to adopt and get paid again. Dave Philipps, New York Times, 15 May 2021 Preliminary investigation suggests the incident may be domestic related, the spokesman said. Katy Read, Star Tribune, 15 May 2021

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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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The first known use of spokesman was in 1537

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3 Jun 2021

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“Spokesman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spokesman. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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 spokesman (audio) \

Kids Definition of spokesman

: a person who speaks for or represents someone or something


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