noun, plural om·buds·men [om-buh dz-muh n, -men, -boo dz-, awm-, om-boo dz-muh n, -men, awm-] /ˈɒm bədz mən, -ˌmɛn, -bʊdz-, ˈɔm-, ɒmˈbʊdz mən, -ˌmɛn, ɔm-/.
Origin of ombudsman
Related Words for ombudsmanreferee, court, expert, justice, authority, critic, inspector, umpire, moderator, negotiator, peacemaker, interpreter, bench, intermediary, intercessor, judiciary, arbiter, warden, magistrate, honor
Examples from the Web for ombudsman
Contemporary Examples of ombudsman
He not only favors New Jersey's civil-unions law, but argued that it should be backed with an ombudsman to enforce it.A Thinner Chris Christie Still Faces Big Political Challenges
May 10, 2013
“If you look at the new media players, not one of them has an ombudsman,” she notes.Washington Post’s Katharine Weymouth Offers the ‘Story Behind the Story’
March 10, 2013
The Post's ombudsman rightly defended his paper's judgement.Shooting Gaza
November 27, 2012
Readers who detected it got a chilling confirmation of their suspicions in the December 13 column by Ombudsman Clark Hoyt.Why Does The New York Times Love Hamas?
January 6, 2009
noun plural -men
Word Origin for ombudsman
1959, from Swedish ombudsman, literally "commission man" (specifically in reference to the office of justitieombudsmannen, which hears and investigates complaints by individuals against abuses of the state); cognate with Old Norse umboðsmaðr, from umboð "commission" (from um- "around," see ambi-, + boð "command," see bid (v.)) + maðr "man" (see man (n.)).
An official appointed by a government or other organization to investigate complaints against people in authority. This position is designed to give those with less power — the “little people” — a voice in the operation of large organizations.