states·​man ˈstāts-mən How to pronounce statesman (audio)
: 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
: a wise, skillful, and respected political leader
statesmanlike adjective
statesmanly adjective
statesmanship noun

Example Sentences

He was a soldier and statesman.
Recent Examples on the Web Winston Churchill was many things: statesman, soldier, writer. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 2 Feb. 2023 Countless volumes have been written about Frederick Douglass, the famed abolitionist, orator and statesman. Donna M. Owens, Baltimore Sun, 15 Feb. 2023 The attorney and statesman was a high-profile leader in Democratic politics and served as secretary of State under President Clinton. Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2023 Robin Furlich also brought to life another American hero: Alexander Hamilton, military officer, statesman and Founding Father. Staff Reports, cleveland, 30 Jan. 2023 But the bones of Potemkin, a famed military commander and statesman, have added resonance for the Kremlin. Marc Santora, New York Times, 27 Oct. 2022 His fan base, the biggest in tennis, rode this roller coaster with him, from his debut years as a tetchy, ponytailed phenom to his extended autumn collecting titles as a father and statesman. Jason Gay, WSJ, 24 Sep. 2022 The slim tome was the philosopher and statesman’s attempt to imagine an ideal world, where people lived together in peace and harmony. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 13 Sep. 2022 The massive portrait of Ataturk, visionary statesman and founding father of modern Turkey, reminds him of the vision and purpose of the company. Judith Magyar, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of statesman was in 1592

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Cite this Entry

“Statesman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


states·​man ˈstāt-smən How to pronounce statesman (audio)
: a person engaged in fixing the policies and conducting the affairs of a government
especially : one having unusual wisdom and skill in such matters
statesmanlike adjective
statesmanly adjective
statesmanship noun

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