statesman

noun states·man \ ˈstāts-mən \
|Updated on: 23 Jun 2018

Definition of statesman

1 : one versed in the principles or art of government; especially : one actively engaged in conducting the business of a government or in shaping its policies
2 : a wise, skillful, and respected political leader

statesmanlike

play \ˈstāts-mən-ˌlīk\ adjective

statesmanly

play \ˈstāts-mən-lē\ adjective

statesmanship

play \ˈstāts-mən-ˌship\ noun

Examples of statesman in a Sentence

  1. He was a soldier and statesman.

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First Known Use of statesman

1592

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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statesman

Definition of statesman for English Language Learners

  • : a usually wise, skilled, and respected government leader


STATESMAN Defined for Kids

statesman

noun states·man \ ˈstāts-mən \

Definition of statesman for Students

plural statesmen \-mən\
: a usually wise, skilled, and respected government leader

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