states·​man | \ ˈstāts-mən How to pronounce statesman (audio) \

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

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Other Words from statesman

statesmanlike \ ˈstāts-​mən-​ˌlīk How to pronounce statesmanlike (audio) \ adjective
statesmanly \ ˈstāts-​mən-​lē How to pronounce statesmanly (audio) \ adjective
statesmanship \ ˈstāts-​mən-​ˌship How to pronounce statesmanship (audio) \ noun

Examples of statesman in a Sentence

He was a soldier and statesman.
Recent Examples on the Web The statesman’s work mainly features landscapes and seascapes inspired by the bright colors of Impressionists like Claude Monet, per KATC. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "See Winston Churchill’s Little-Known Art," 4 Feb. 2020 Rather than exalting the gods or statesmen, these quiet statues were an intimate look into the lives of everyday women and their children, an experience which is often not reflected in the literature of the time. National Geographic, "These lovely little statues enchanted ancient Greece," 29 Jan. 2020 Churchill was quite the greatest statesman that Britain had ever produced. Ceylan Yeginsu, New York Times, "Fighting Back Tears, Winston Churchill’s Grandson Exits Politics and Chides Boris Johnson," 4 Sep. 2019 Being starry-eyed about politicians and statesmen, though, takes a special kind of sanskar (culture). Harish C Menon, Quartz India, "By only praising the dead politician, you are being the worst kind of fake," 26 Aug. 2019 Today, the threesome's status as elder rock statesmen has granted them a kind of collegial respect not always apparent in the past. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Neil Peart of Rush has died at 67: A tribute to rock's greatest drummer," 10 Jan. 2020 Netanyahu, who has led the country for the past decade, has cultivated an image as a veteran statesman with close ties to President Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and other world leaders. Fox News, "Israel’s Netanyahu wins Likud party primary challenge in landslide," 27 Dec. 2019 For the duration of the exhibition, the book will be opened to a panoramic pull-out map of Jerusalem created by Dutch artist Erhard Reuwich, who accompanied the German statesman on his trip. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "The World’s First Travel Guide Is Set to Go on View in London," 9 Oct. 2019 There are two other elder — though not supernaturally so — statesmen in the young men’s lives: the middle-aged billionaire Henry Wilcox (John Benjamin Hickey) and his longtime companion Walter (also played by Hilton, minus his British accent). Leah Greenblatt,, "The Inheritance is a funny, tender marathon drama: Review," 18 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of statesman

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Statesman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of statesman

: a usually wise, skilled, and respected government leader


states·​man | \ ˈstāts-mən How to pronounce statesman (audio) \
plural statesmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of statesman

: a usually wise, skilled, and respected government leader

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