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spokesman

[spohks-muh n] /ˈspoʊks mən/
noun, plural spokesmen.
1.
a person who speaks for another or for a group.
2.
a public speaker.
Origin
1510-1520
1510-20; spoke1 (irregular as noun) + 's1 + -man
Usage note
See -man.
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  • At the time, a university spokesman said there was no substance to the accusations, and the matter has since faded from the news.
  • He then became a kind of spokesman for the little nations.
  • One of the accused was once a spokesman for a particularly nasty military junta.
  • The premier's spokesman denied these claims and threatened legal action if they were not retracted.
British Dictionary definitions for spokesman

spokesman

/ˈspəʊksmən/
noun (pl) -men, -persons, -people, -women
1.
a person authorized to speak on behalf of another person, group of people, or organization
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Word Origin and History for spokesman
n.

1510s, "an interpreter," 1530s in the sense of "person who speaks for another or others." Irregular formation from spoke, past tense of speak (actually a back-formation from spoken). Spokeswoman is from 1650s; spokesperson is from 1972. Spokesmodel is attested from 1990.

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