spokesmen

spokesman

[spohks-muhn]
noun, plural spokesmen.
1.
a person who speaks for another or for a group.
2.
a public speaker.

Origin:
1510–20; spoke1 (irregular as noun) + 's1 + -man


See -man.
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spokesman, (feminine) spokesperson or (feminine) spokeswoman (ˈspəʊksmən, ˈspəʊksˌpɜːsən, ˈspəʊksˌwʊmən)
 
n , pl -men, -persons, -people, -women
a person authorized to speak on behalf of another person, group of people, or organization
 
spokesperson, (feminine) spokesperson or (feminine) spokeswoman
 
n
 
spokeswoman, (feminine) spokesperson or (feminine) spokeswoman
 
n

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spokesman
1519, "an interpreter," 1540 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 1654; spokesperson is from 1972. Spokesmodel is attested from 1990.
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