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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British One who has a political appointment in the government.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One appointed to a political office, especially in government, as a reward for political support; an appointee, a yes-man.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who holds or occupies a place; one who has office under government.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who holds or occupies a place; specifically, one who has an office under government.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a disparaging term for an appointee

Etymologies

From place +‎ man. (Wiktionary)

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