[ steyts-muhn ]
/ ˈsteɪts mən /
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noun, plural states·men.

a person who is experienced in the art of government or versed in the administration of government affairs.
a person who exhibits great wisdom and ability in directing the affairs of a government or in dealing with important public issues.



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Origin of statesman

First recorded in 1585–95; state + 's1 + -man, modeled on steersman; compare the phrase ship of state

synonym study for statesman

1. See politician.

usage note for statesman

See -man.


states·man·like, states·man·ly, adjectivesu·per·states·man, noun, plural su·per·states·men.un·states·man·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for statesman

/ (ˈsteɪtsmən) /

noun plural -men

a political leader whose wisdom, integrity, etc, win great respect
a person active and influential in the formulation of high government policy, such as a cabinet member
a politician

Derived forms of statesman

statesman-like or statesmanly, adjectivestatesmanship, nounstateswoman, fem n
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