What does statesman mean?

Definitions for statesman
ˈsteɪts mənstates·man

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word statesman.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. statesman, solon, national leadernoun

    a man who is a respected leader in national or international affairs


  1. statesmannoun

    A man who is a leader in national or international affairs.

  2. statesmannoun

    A male political leader who promotes the public good or who is recognized for probity, leadership, or the qualities necessary to govern a state.

  3. statesmannoun

    In the dialect of the English Lake District and nearby, a man who lives on a landed estate.

  4. Etymology: Calque of, state

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Statesmannoun

    Etymology: state and man.

    It looks grave enough
    To seem a statesman. Ben Jonson, Epigr.

    The corruption of a poet is the generation of a statesman. Alexander Pope.

    If such actions may have passage free,
    Bond-slaves and pagans shall our statesmen be. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    It is a weakness which attends high and low; the statesman who holds the helm, as well as the peasant who holds the plough. Robert South, Sermons.

    A British minister must expect to see many friends fall off, whom he cannot gratify, since, to use the phrase of a late statesman, the pasture is not large enough. Addison.

    Here Britain’s statesmen oft the fall foredoom
    Of foreign tyrants, and of nymphs at home. Alexander Pope.


  1. statesman

    A statesman is an experienced and respected political leader or figure, known for their skills in diplomacy, guiding their nation, running a state or government, making political decisions, or dealing with public affairs. They are usually admired for their qualities of leadership, integrity, and political expertise.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Statesmannoun

    a man versed in public affairs and in the principles and art of government; especially, one eminent for political abilities

  2. Statesmannoun

    one occupied with the affairs of government, and influental in shaping its policy

  3. Statesmannoun

    a small landholder

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of statesman in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of statesman in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of statesman in a Sentence

  1. Jeb Bush:

    You know who you're lookin' at here? You're looking at the guy who won the NRA Statesman of the Year award, not the Florida award. The national award. And I got a rifle from Charlton Heston, I got a rifle from Moses.

  2. Winston Churchill:

    Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.

  3. Susan MacManus:

    He is not a' for-the-moment' person ; he is more calculating and always looking long term, he is trying to be the statesman and anticipating that Donald Trump will wear thin. He's just really trying to stay the course right now, which compared to the others, he's doing pretty well with.

  4. Kenneth Satterlee:

    He's very reticent to engage in any kind of vitriol with his fellow Republican candidates, there's a lot of recommendations to do so, but it's not in his nature. He is statesman-like.

  5. Eubie:

    A politician thinks of the next election a statesman, of the next generation.

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