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anchorman

[ang-ker-man, -muh n]
noun, plural an·chor·men [ang-ker-men, -muh n] /ˈæŋ kərˌmɛn, -mən/.
  1. Sports. anchor(def 11).
  2. Radio and Television. anchor(def 6).
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Origin of anchorman

1910–15 for def 1; 1955–60 for def 2; anchor + man1

Usage note

See -man.
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anchorman

noun plural -men
  1. sport the last person in a team to compete, esp in a relay race
  2. 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

n.

"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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