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[steyts-muh n] /ˈsteɪts mən/
noun, plural statesmen.
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.
Origin of statesman
1585-95; state + 's1 + -man, modeled on steersman; compare the phrase ship of state
Related forms
statesmanlike, statesmanly, adjective
superstatesman, noun, plural superstatesmen.
unstatesmanlike, adjective
1. See politician.
Usage note
See -man. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • His books are fat with illustrations and examples, drawn from his erudition and his conversations with statesmen and merchants.
  • Our saints will not be statesmen and our statesmen will not be saints.
  • They put you in charge of the committee for suitably naming extra-solar planets after statesmen in friendly foreign countries.
  • It is not a distinguished venue for statesmen or their surrogates to spend their time in.
  • He comes across as more of the elder statesmen, skilled yet spontaneous.
  • We shall move the world, the hearts of nations, of politicians and statesmen even.
  • Both parties want to nominate reincarnations of their ideal statesmen.
  • You're one of the elder statesmen in dance music today.
  • statesmen and foreign diplomats came here to consult with the commander-in-chief.
  • In its heyday, the circle was a fashionable address, the home of prominent businessmen and statesmen.
British Dictionary definitions for statesmen


noun (pl) -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 Forms
statesman-like, statesmanly, adjective
statesmanship, noun
stateswoman, noun:feminine
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Word Origin and History for statesmen



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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