Definition of statesman in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstātsmən/

noun (plural statesmen)

A skilled, experienced, and respected political leader or figure.
Example sentences
  • He called for more effort on the part of all statesmen, politicians and church leaders to resolve the schism in the Orthodox church.
  • From now on, our leaders, our politicians, our statesmen will be fair game too.
  • Minor world leaders get to be statesmen for a day, and tell their parliaments and electors that they are taking part in a world summit.
senior politician, respected political figure, elder statesman, political leader, national leader



Pronunciation: /ˈstātsmənˌlīk/
Example sentences
  • This disdain for legality - well concealed behind statesmanlike rhetoric - corresponds directly with a second vice: not telling the public the truth.
  • There were moments, especially in his last few statements, where he sounded statesmanlike and like a guy who wanted to be a ‘uniter, not a divider.’
  • But Sistani has so far played a statesmanlike game.


Late 16th century: from state's man, translating French homme d'état.

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