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

  • n. A man who is a leader in national or international affairs.
  • n. A male political leader regarded as a disinterested promoter of the public good.
  • n. A man who is a respected leader in a given field: "a mature statesman of American letters” ( Toby Thompson).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A man who is a leader in national or international affairs.
  • n. A male political leader who promotes the public good or who is recognized for probity, leadership, or the qualities necessary to govern a state.
  • n. In the dialect of the English Lake District and nearby, a man who lives on a landed estate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A man versed in public affairs and in the principles and art of government; especially, one eminent for political abilities.
  • n. One occupied with the affairs of government, and influential in shaping its policy.
  • n. A small landholder.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A man who is versed in the art of government, and exhibits conspicuous ability and sagacity in the direction and management of public affairs; a politician in the highest sense of the term.
  • n. One who occupies his own estate; a small landholder.
  • n. Synonyms See politician.

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

  • n. a man who is a respected leader in national or international affairs

Etymologies

Calque of French homme d'état, state's +‎ -man (Wiktionary)

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