[ pol ]
/ pɒl /
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noun Informal.
a politician, especially one experienced in making political deals, exchanging political favors, etc.
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Origin of pol

First recorded in 1940–45; by shortening

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petroleum, oil, and lubricants.

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Also Pol Polish.
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What does pol mean?

Pol is an informal word for a politician—a person who holds or is seeking political office as an elected government official.

Like the word politician, pol is most commonly used in the context of politicians campaigning, giving speeches, and promoting themselves, as opposed to the activities that they do as part of being a government official—voting, debating issues, and working to find solutions to problems (in which case a politician might be called a representative or officeholder—or a legislator or lawmaker, if they work in a lawmaking capacity).

Pol is especially used to refer to a long-term politician who’s experienced in making political deals or exchanging political favors.

For that reason, it’s often used in a negative way, such as to refer to politicians who are considered members of the establishment.

The informal term politico can be used to mean the same thing.

Example: We should be focusing on real issues instead of listening to endless rhetoric from pols and pundits.

Where does pol come from?

The first records of the word pol in reference to a politician come from the early 1900s. It’s a shortening of politician, which ultimately derives from the Greek polītikós, which means “civil” and is related to the Greek polī́t(ēs), “citizen.”

The term career politician refers to a representative who has spent a long time as an elected official and usually implies that they haven’t accomplished much other than continuing to get elected. The word pol can be used to mean the same thing. It’s especially used to refer to politicians who are considered insiders in the political world.

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What are some other forms related to politico?

  • pols (plural)

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How is pol used in real life?

Pol is usually used informally. It can be used in a negative way to criticize career politicians.



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Which of the following words can be used as a synonym of pol?

A. politico
B. politician
C. officeholder
D. all of the above

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British Dictionary definitions for pol (1 of 2)

/ military /

abbreviation for
petroleum, oil, and lubricants

British Dictionary definitions for pol (2 of 2)


abbreviation for
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