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 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 The Suffolk district attorney’s office is also looking into the circumstances of the collision involving two trains, a spokesman said. BostonGlobe.com, 31 July 2021 MetroHealth fired Hardy after her arrest, a spokesman said. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 30 July 2021 Loudoun County has not announced its masking policy for fall, a spokesman said. Washington Post, 29 July 2021 Monday, a spokesman for the housing authority said, after a two-day outage left residents unable to operate their stoves. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, 28 July 2021 Otis buys materials including steel, copper, aluminum, rare-earth magnets and lumber, a spokesman said. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, 27 July 2021 The district attorney’s office is reviewing the complaint, a spokesman said. Adam Elmahrek, Los Angeles Times, 24 July 2021 When contacted by Fox News about this feature, a spokesman for de Blasio said the mayor has never turned down federal funds for the NYPD. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 18 July 2021 Hildebrand called Houston physician Kimberly Dunn about testing oleandrin, Sharp’s spokesman said. Dallas News, 15 July 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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“Spokesman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spokesman. Accessed 3 Aug. 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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