[ kuh-mit-ee-muhn, -man ]

noun,plural com·mit·tee·men [kuh-mit-ee-muhn, -men]. /kəˈmɪt i mən, -ˌmɛn/.
  1. a member of a committee.

  2. the leader of a political ward or precinct.

Origin of committeeman

First recorded in 1645–55; committee + man

usage note For committeeman

Is committeeman gender-neutral? See -man.

Words Nearby committeeman Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use committeeman in a sentence

  • In due course of time, her enemies received a powerful addition to their forces in the committeeman's wife.

    Selected Stories | Bret Harte
  • "Then you'd better draw up a notice and put it up in the store and tavern," suggested the committeeman.

    Bound to Rise | Horatio Alger
  • Be one of these precinct committeemen, or a county committeeman, or a state committeeman, or a worker of some kind.

    The Young Man and the World | Albert J. Beveridge
  • The committeeman who was a manufacturer of precision machinery mopped his forehead.

    Attention Saint Patrick | William Fitzgerald Jenkins

British Dictionary definitions for committeeman


/ (kəˈmɪtɪmən, -ˌmæn) /

nounplural -men
  1. mainly US a member of one or more committees

Derived forms of committeeman

  • committeewoman, fem n

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