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[puh-lit-i-koh] /pəˈlɪt ɪˌkoʊ/
noun, plural politicos.
a politician.
Origin of politico
1620-30; < Italian or Spanish


a combining form representing political, in compound words:
politico-religious. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for politico
  • Take warning: extremists of any color or politico-religious shade cannot be cuddled, appeased or tolerated.
  • They are people who believe that killing civilians furthers their politico-religious agenda.
  • politico's cannot pander to specific demographics at the expense of the disenfranchised who tend not to vote.
  • politico reports that the left is outraged that the administration is said to be pushing for a milder settlement.
  • He sees himself as a negotiator, a conciliator, a post-modern politico who wants to solve problems without partisan rancor.
British Dictionary definitions for politico


noun (pl) -cos
an informal word for a politician (sense 1), politician (sense 3)
Word Origin
C17: from Italian or Spanish


combining form
denoting political or politics: politicoeconomic
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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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Slang definitions & phrases for politico



A politician, esp a spectacular or unscrupulous one: the heavy-duty Bay State politicoes

[1630+; fr Spanish or Italian]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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