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
Examples from the Web for 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|Robert Shrum|May 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“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’|Eleanor Clift|March 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The Post's ombudsman rightly defended his paper's judgement.
Readers who detected it got a chilling confirmation of their suspicions in the December 13 column by Ombudsman Clark Hoyt.
British Dictionary definitions for ombudsman
noun plural -men
Word Origin for ombudsman
Word Origin and History 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.)).
Culture definitions for ombudsman
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.