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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Illinois state police were investigating the cause of the crash, said Trooper Woodrow Montgomery, an agency spokesman. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas, chicagotribune.com, "Taxi driver killed in three-vehicle crash on the Edens identified as 69-year-old," 5 Aug. 2019 The fire, which began around 7:30 a.m., was apparently caused by a rooftop HVAC unit, said Doug Yakel, an airport spokesman. Ashley Mcbride, SFChronicle.com, "Fire breaks out at SFO’s United Airlines maintenance facility," 31 July 2019 Brian Mahar, an Energy Department spokesman, said his agency does not comment on loan applicants or applications. Keith Schneider, ProPublica, "West Virginia Bets Big on Plastics, and on Backing of Trump Administration," 31 July 2019 An Omar spokesman declined to comment on Paul’s remarks. Felicia Sonmez, Twin Cities, "Sen. Paul offers to buy Rep. Omar a ticket to Somalia so she’ll ‘appreciate America more’," 30 July 2019 Ole Miss University spokesman Rod Guajardo confirmed to Teen Vogue that an Ole Miss official had received a copy of the Instagram picture, in March, before referring it to the university police, who then turned it over to the FBI. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "Ole Miss Students' Stunt at Emmett Till's Memorial Was a Reminder That to Some, Our Lives Don’t Matter," 26 July 2019 Ole Miss spokesman Rod Guajardo said the image was reported in March to the university's Bias Incident Response Team, which takes reports of incidents where students, faculty or staff are targeted because of their race or other characteristics. CBS News, "Ole Miss students suspended by frat for posing with guns next to Emmett Till sign," 26 July 2019 A thousand or more guests at the Renaissance Orlando hotel near SeaWorld were evacuated Thursday morning after a fire broke out in a seventh floor room, an Orange County Fire Rescue spokesman said. Tess Sheets, orlandosentinel.com, "1,000-plus guests evacuated from hotel near SeaWorld after fire caused by flat iron, firefighters say," 25 July 2019 University spokesman Rod Guajardo acknowledged that an Ole Miss official had received a copy of the Instagram picture in March. Jerry Mitchell, USA TODAY, "3 students posed with guns in front of Emmett Till's memorial. They could face a civil rights investigation," 25 July 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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