noun, plural po·lit·i·cos.

a politician.

Origin of politico

1620–30; < Italian or Spanish


a combining form representing political in compound words: politico-religious.
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noun plural -cos

Word Origin for politico

C17: from Italian or Spanish


combining form

denoting political or politicspoliticoeconomic
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Word Origin and History for politico

"politician, political agent," usually in a derogatory sense, 1620s, from Italian or Spanish politico, noun use of adjective meaning "political," from Latin politicus (see politic (adj.)).


word-forming element meaning "political and," from Latinized comb. form of Greek politikos (see political).

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