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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Last year, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov claimed Cohen’s outreach on the Trump Tower Moscow deal received no response. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "Michael Cohen’s plea deal shows that Russia did have something on Trump," 30 Nov. 2018 Perry Cooper, a spokesman for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, said the airport is putting staff in place to assist with directing lines and providing instructions to free up TSA employees for screenings. Alison Sider, WSJ, "Heavy Snow Threatens Travel Over Holiday Weekend," 18 Jan. 2019 Working in Robbinsville Township in central New Jersey, the warehouse employees were amidst the holiday rush when the accident occurred at around 8:45 a.m., according to Amazon spokesman John Nalbone. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Amazon Warehouse Bear Spray Accident Injures Dozens, One Critically," 5 Dec. 2018 That, according to Surface spokesman Ryan Day, is partly the reason for the two models. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft plans to make you pay more to rotate the Surface Hub 2, just to drive you crazy," 24 Sep. 2018 Andrew Jackson, group spokesman for the skeptical physicists at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark, is refusing to accept the results of the two independent groups' analyses. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "No more doubts: Two independent studies confirm LIGO’s Nobel discovery," 16 Dec. 2018 Currently there is no further news to share about its release, a spokesman said. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Hints of Windows 10's 2019 future show up in early '19H1' builds," 6 Nov. 2018 Michel was last seen as a spokesman for Match.com and Princess Cruises, and Marsh married her childhood friend Jay Caldwell. Lynsey Eidell, Glamour, "Bachelor and Bachelorette Couples: The Complete List," 2 Nov. 2018 Leaders as powerful as Facebook Inc. founder Mark Zuckerberg have been dinged for public performances that fell flat, raising the question of how someone so smart can stumble as a spokesman. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "The CEO’s Guide to Prime-Time Survival: No Hard Swallows," 17 Nov. 2018

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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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