[ ang-ker-man, -muh n ]
/ ˈæŋ kərˌmæn, -mən /

noun, plural an·chor·men [ang-ker-men, -muh n] /ˈæŋ kərˌmɛn, -mən/.

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for anchorman


/ (ˈæŋkəmæn) /

noun plural -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.

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