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 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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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang reiterated a threat to put sanctions on U.S. companies which sell weapons to Taiwan, saying such sales are a serious interference in China’s internal affairs and violation of Chinese sovereignty. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Trump on tackling China: ‘I am the chosen one’," 21 Aug. 2019 Eric Bradley, a spokesman for Heritage Auctions, told CNN that bidding was extremely competitive. Emily Caron, SI.com, "Barack Obama's High School Basketball Jersey Sells for $120,000 At Auction," 20 Aug. 2019 Hogan Gidley, a White House spokesman, maintained the administration’s support for the Israeli government’s decision. Christopher Magan, Twin Cities, "Ilhan Omar: Go to Israel, see ‘cruel reality of the occupation’," 19 Aug. 2019 The book did, of course, change everything—for restaurant-goers and for writers, and most powerfully, for cooks, who were, in a single instant, as if from on high, delivered a spokesman, and champion, and poet laureate. David Canfield, EW.com, "Get a glimpse into Anthony Bourdain’s legacy in The Last Interview exclusive book excerpt," 19 Aug. 2019 School officials first learned that the 16-year-old male Centennial High School student was caught smoking marijuana in a restroom, according to Peoria police spokesman Officer Brandon Sheffert. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Peoria Centennial High School student arrested with gun in backpack, police say," 19 Aug. 2019 The employees at the site have a 56-hour workweek, with 16 hours of overtime built in, according to Shell spokesman Ray Fisher. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Workers at Shell’s Trump event had to attend or lose pay," 17 Aug. 2019 Brian Sullivan, an agency spokesman, said HUD is in the middle of revamping its inspection process, which has become an ineffective measure of safe and healthy housing. Danielle Ohl, ProPublica, "Trump Called Baltimore “Vermin Infested” While the Federal Government Fails to Clean Up Rodents in Subsidized Housing," 14 Aug. 2019 An Ohio State spokesman said last fall that the university had 150 trademarks in 17 countries and other applications pending. Greg Beacham, The Denver Post, "Ohio State University seeks to trademark the word “The”," 14 Aug. 2019

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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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