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A man who speaks on behalf of another or others. See Usage Note at man.

[Probably spoke, past participle of speak + man.]
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(ˈspəʊksmən) ,


or feminine


n, pl -men, -persons, -people or -women
a person authorized to speak on behalf of another person, group of people, or organization
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(ˈspoʊks mən)

n., pl. -men.
a person who speaks for another or for a group.
usage: See -man.
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1. 'spokesman'

A spokesman is someone who is asked to speak as the representative of an organization or group of people.

A spokesman for the school said the expulsions were a precautionary measure.
'We regret the heavy loss of life and call upon all involved to show respect for the rule of law,' a White House spokesman said.
2. 'spokeswoman'

In the past, spokesman was used to refer to both men and women, but it is now hardly ever used to refer to women. A female representative is now usually referred to as a spokeswoman.

A spokeswoman said official grant figures might need to be revised.
A police spokeswoman said 'This man is extremely dangerous.'
3. 'spokesperson'

Spokesperson is a fairly new word which can refer to either a man or a woman.

A spokesperson for the regime said that there was an explosion in an ammunition depot.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spokesman - a male spokespersonspokesman - a male spokesperson      
spokesperson, representative, interpreter, voice - an advocate who represents someone else's policy or purpose; "the meeting was attended by spokespersons for all the major organs of government"
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A person who speaks on behalf of another or others:
Informal: mouthpiece.
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...مُتَحدِّثٌ بِاسْمِناطِق بِلِسان
talsmaîur, formælandi
tiskovni predstavnik
người phát ngôn nam


[ˈspəʊksmən] N (spokesmen (pl)) → portavoz mf, vocero mf (LAm)
to act as spokesman forhablar en nombre de
they made him spokesmanlo eligieron para hablar en su nombre
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[ˈspəʊksmən] nporte-parole m inv
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n pl <-men> → Sprecher m; to act as (a) spokesman for a groupals Sprecher einer Gruppe auftreten
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[ˈspəʊksmən] n (-men (pl)) → portavoce m inv
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(ˈspəuksmən) feminine ˈspokeswoman noun
a person who speaks on behalf of a group of others. Who is the spokesman for your party?
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...مُتَحدِّثٌ بِاسْمِ mluvčí talsmand Sprecher εκπρόσωπος τύπου portavoz puhemies porte-parole glasnogovornik portavoce スポークスマン 대변인 woordvoerder talsmann rzecznik porta-voz представитель talesman โฆษกชาย sözcü người phát ngôn nam 发言人
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References in periodicals archive ?
A force spokewoman added: "There are no suspicious circumstances, but enquiries are ongoing."
A West Midlands Police spokewoman said: "Five men wearing balaclavas and holding machetes entered the rear of the property at around 4.40pm, threatened a man visiting the house and took car keys, cash and jewellery.
"We condemn the harassment, arbitrary detention, and attacks on journalists in Sudan who are doing their jobs and exercising their fundamental right to freedom of expression," State Department spokewoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.
A spokewoman said the church was conscious of the unprovoked killing of Llanberis Rector Canon Alun Jones in 1985 by 16-year-old Richard John Dennick, who stabbed the vicar with a long-bladed paper knife.
The Nicaraguan government has so far made no reports about damage or injuries, but government spokewoman, Nicaraguan first lady Rosalio Murillo said the quake felt "very strong and unusual" and was felt in almost all the country.
A spokewoman for the Percy Hedley Foundation charity said: "Despite wet weather, UK Firewalk managed to get set up outside the Baltic Mill, Gateshead, and thankfully the rain had cleared by the time the first firewalker went across.
The spokewoman said: "We'd like to open the public toilets officially with a proper plaque and love for Scott to officially unveil them."
A spokewoman for Cleveland Police said: "Police were called to reports of an altercation between a group of people near to the Trunk Road during which it is alleged that a 28-year-old received injuries to his ear, and a 33-year-old woman received minor head injuries.
The partisan groups who continue to attack this commonsense, popular ballot integrity measure have failed to produce a single Texan who has been or will be prevented from voting," said Lauren Bean, a spokewoman for the attorney general's office.