a person who shows wisdom, skill, and vision in conducting state affairs and dealing with public issues, or one engaged in the business of government
Origin of statesmanstate's, genitive of state + man, based on French homme d'état
- A man who is a leader in national or international affairs.
- A male political leader regarded as a disinterested promoter of the public good.
- A man who is a respected leader in a given field: “a mature statesman of American letters” (Toby Thompson).
- states′man·like′, states′man·ly
Calque of French homme d'Ã©tat, state's +"Ž -man