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statesman

[ steyts-muh n ]
/ 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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RELATED WORDS

lawmaker, politician, legislator

Nearby words

states' rights democratic party, states-general, statesboro, stateside, statesider, statesman, statesmanlike, statesmanly, statesmanship, statesville, stateswoman

Origin of statesman

1585–95; state + 's1 + -man, modeled on steersman; compare the phrase ship of state
SYNONYMS FOR statesman
1 See politician.
Related formsstates·man·like, states·man·ly, adjectivesu·per·states·man, noun, plural su·per·states·men.un·states·man·like, adjective

Usage note

See -man.
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British Dictionary definitions for statesman

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 Formsstatesman-like or statesmanly, adjectivestatesmanship, nounstateswoman, fem n
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Word Origin and History for statesman

statesman


n.

1590s, after French homme d'état; see state (n.1) + man (n.).

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