spokesman


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spokes·man

 (spōks′mən)
n.
A man who speaks on behalf of another or others. See Usage Note at man.

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

spokesman

(ˈspəʊksmən) ,

spokesperson

or feminine

spokeswoman

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

spokes•man

(ˈspoʊks mən)

n., pl. -men.
a person who speaks for another or for a group.
[1510–20]
usage: See -man.

spokesman

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.
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"

spokesman

noun
A person who speaks on behalf of another or others:
Informal: mouthpiece.
Translations
...مُتَحدِّثٌ بِاسْمِناطِق بِلِسان
mluvčí
talsmand
puhemies
glasnogovornik
szóvivő
talsmaîur, formælandi
スポークスマン
대변인
pārstāvisrunātājs
tiskovni predstavnik
talesman
โฆษกชาย
người phát ngôn nam

spokesman

[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

spokesman

[ˈspəʊksmən] nporte-parole m inv

spokesman

n pl <-men> → Sprecher m; to act as (a) spokesman for a groupals Sprecher einer Gruppe auftreten

spokesman

[ˈspəʊksmən] n (-men (pl)) → portavoce m inv

spokesman

(ˈspəuksmən) feminine ˈspokeswoman noun
a person who speaks on behalf of a group of others. Who is the spokesman for your party?

spokesman

...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
References in classic literature ?
On being informed that the steamer was bound to Rotterdam, the spokesman of the party expressed the greatest surprise and distress at the mistake which he and his two friends had made.
Bingley was the principal spokesman, and Miss Bennet the principal object.
As for the Jury, the members whispered to each other for a few minutes and then they appointed the Hungry Tiger their spokesman.
Sergey Ivanovitch was answered by the spokesman of the opposite party.
The most conspicuously situated lady in that massed flower-bed of feminine show and finery inclined her head by way of assent, and then the spokesman of the prisoners delivered himself and his fellows into her hands for free pardon, ransom, captivity, or death, as she in her good pleasure might elect; and this, as he said, he was doing by command of Sir Kay the Senes- chal, whose prisoners they were, he having vanquished them by his single might and prowess in sturdy conflict in the field.
Frequently in their route they encountered small parties of the Nez Perces, with whom they invariably stopped to shake hands; and who, generally, evinced great curiosity concerning them and their adventures; a curiosity which never failed to be thoroughly satisfied by the replies of the worthy Yo-mus-ro-y-e-cut, who kindly took upon himself to be spokesman of the party.
The lieutenant, by a tacit convention with the other two, was spokesman.
We will go but a little way," said the spokesman, "and then we shall return and lead you in the proper direction.
Fresh cases, still able to walk, they clustered about the spokesman.
I reckon, if you don't mind, miss," said the spokesman of one party, "ez this is our first call, we'll sorter hang out in the hall yer, until you'r used to us.
But the comrades of the spokesman, growing weary of the dialogue with Don Quixote, renewed their knocks with great vehemence, so much so that the host, and not only he but everybody in the inn, awoke, and he got up to ask who knocked.
Two days afterward these same magistrates appeared before the cardinal and their spokesman addressed Mazarin with so much fearlessness and determination that the minister was astounded and sent the deputation away with the same answer as it had received from the Duke of Orleans -- that he would see what could be done; and in accordance with that intention a council of state was assembled and the superintendent of finance was summoned.