[om-buh dz-woo m-uh n, -boo dz-, awm-]

noun, plural om·buds·wom·en.

a woman employed to investigate complaints against government or institutional officials, employers, etc.

Nearby words

  1. ombrophilous,
  2. ombrophobous,
  3. ombu,
  4. ombudsman,
  5. ombudsperson,
  6. omdurman,
  7. omega,
  8. omega baryon,
  9. omega meson,
  10. omega minus

Origin of ombudswoman

First recorded in 1960–65; ombuds(man) + -woman

Usage note

See -woman. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019