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
Recent Examples on the Web Mike Flannery, a spokesman for Amazon, said the centers will be like no other in the country. Kevin Bessler, Washington Examiner, "Amazon bringing 2,000 jobs to Illinois," 23 June 2020 Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the district attorney's office, said in an email Monday afternoon. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "California man who served 30 years for stepmom's murder pleads guilty to killing doctor," 23 June 2020 Rob Coleman, a spokesman for Maricopa County, said those who choose to call the police should use the non-emergency line. Sasha Hupka, azcentral, "Face masks FAQ: 8 things to know about wearing a mask in Maricopa County," 22 June 2020 The six-term Democrat’s outreach has included distributing food and personal protective equipment, as well as helping constituents with unemployment insurance claims, a spokesman for Mr. DenDekker wrote the Monitor over email. Sarah Matusek, The Christian Science Monitor, "In Queens, residents become the coronavirus safety net," 22 June 2020 Chris Van Deusen, a spokesman for the state's Department of Health Services attributed some of those cases to Texans gathering at bars and participating in other social activities, according to the Texas Tribune. Alicia Lee, CNN, "A dozen Texas bars temporarily lose alcohol permits for allegedly breaking coronavirus protocols," 22 June 2020 Adam Kleinheider, spokesman for McNally, said the legislation had previously been a priority of the Senate before the pandemic. Natalie Allison, USA TODAY, "Tennessee legislature passes fetal heartbeat bill, ban on abortions for Down syndrome," 20 June 2020 Chad Chitwood, spokesman for the American Public Transportation Association, said transit agencies are reevaluating things right now. oregonlive, "As TriMet pledges to retain transit police, Latinx leader arrested in 2018 pushes for more reforms," 19 June 2020 The Courier Journal obtained a copy of the letter from a spokesman for Republican Senate leadership. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "Senate GOP leaders: Kentucky education officials failing to prepare schools for reopening," 19 June 2020

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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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26 Jun 2020

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“Spokesman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spokesman. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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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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