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[ang-ker-man, -muh n] /ˈæŋ kərˌmæn, -mən/
noun, plural anchormen
[ang-ker-men, -muh n] /ˈæŋ kərˌmɛn, -mən/ (Show IPA)
Sports. anchor (def 11).
Radio and Television. anchor (def 6).
Origin of anchorman
1910-15 for def 1; 1955-60 for def 2; anchor + man1
Usage note
See -man. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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noun (pl) -men
(sport) the last person in a team to compete, esp in a relay race
Also called anchor, presenter. (in broadcasting) a person in a central studio who links up and maintains contact with various outside camera units, reporters, etc
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Word Origin and History for anchorman

"last man of a tug-of-war team," 1909, from anchor + man (n.). Later, "one who runs last in a relay race" (1934). Transferred sense "host or presenter of a TV or radio program" is from 1958.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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noun phrase

  1. The student having the lowest academic standing in the class (1920s+ College students)
  2. (also anchor, anchorperson) A television news broadcaster who has the principal and coordinating role in the program
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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