Variant of ombudsman
- a public official appointed to investigate citizens' complaints against government agencies or officials that may be infringing on the rights of individuals
- a person employed by an institution to investigate complaints against it
Origin: Swed from ombud, a deputy, representative (from Old Norse umboth from um, umbe, about from Indo-European an unverified form mbhi-, variant, variety of an unverified form ambhi-, around, on both sides (from source ambi-) plush Old Norse bjotha, to offer, bid, akin to Old English beodan: see bid plush man, man
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