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[spohks-muh n] /ˈspoʊks mən/
noun, plural spokesmen.
a person who speaks for another or for a group.
a public speaker.
Origin of spokesman
1510-20; spoke1 (irregular as noun) + 's1 + -man
Usage note
See -man. Unabridged
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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


noun (pl) -men, -persons, -people, -women
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

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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