Definition of anchorman in English:



  • 1A person who presents and coordinates a live television or radio programme involving other contributors.

    • ‘Joyce moved her chair so that she could see the anchormen's familiar faces and hear their dispassionate voices.’
    • ‘At the age of 21, he became the youngest ever anchorman in regional television.’
    • ‘The anchormen are dropping out all over the networks.’
    • ‘His father's career as an anchorman and TV news reporter was clearly formative, but his own early career in sitcoms and soaps is likely more crucial.’
    • ‘TV news executives must think it's acceptable for anchormen and game show hosts to be considered interchangeable.’
    • ‘She describes a CBS News anchorman as "badgering" her in a notorious interview which appeared to reveal her as woefully under-informed and ill-read.’
    • ‘John and Jimmy even plead with the blow-dried anchorman at a local TV station to air a special report on Mikey.’
    • ‘Channel 4 reporter and anchorman Krishnan Guru-Murthy had just finished his midday rapid-fire barrage of breaking bad news.’
    • ‘A couple of us were interviewed on a beach outside Cairns in Queensland by a television anchorman from the Discovery Channel.’
    • ‘He was watching the documentary, which featured interviews with several anchormen of the 1970s.’
    • ‘The evening news programs and their avuncular anchormen, in particular, fulfill a quite significant function.’
    • ‘The anchormen were the pivot points of American culture.’
    • ‘If we keep exposing the incompetence of veteran anchormen, they won't be able to write us off as amateurs.’
    • ‘We say a tearful good bye to legendary anchorman and the standard of journalist integrity, Dan Rather.’
    • ‘John Humphrys and Jeremy Paxman, veteran anchormen of the flagship BBC Today and Newsnight programmes, today do a far better job of hauling government ministers over the coals than any ineffectual parliamentary opposition member.’
    • ‘An established and highly credited news anchorman for over thirty years has seemingly put his career on the line over the story of the questionable documents.’
    • ‘Having watched what happened with my father as an anchorman, I understand that the idea is that news has a problem: they're losing viewers.’
    • ‘He becomes Ron: the shallow-but-photogenic anchorman whose back-stage pettiness contradicts his on-screen friendliness.’
    • ‘To explore the fundamental ways network news has changed, we asked all three anchormen to look at tapes of their broadcasts from the first month that each of them sat in the anchor's chair.’
    • ‘He is one of the nation's top anchormen and a new poll just named him the most trusted newscaster in America.’
    • ‘High-definition TV means watching a picture so sharp you can count the hairs on an anchorman's nose.’
    • ‘A former television anchorman is now mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico.’
    • ‘When Bruce is passed over for the news anchorman job he covets, he turns his gaze heavenward and curses God for his ill fortune.’
    • ‘One of British television's most experienced and best-known news anchormen will be taking part in the Business and Environment Conference near York later this month.’
    • ‘There is news of war victories, and the anchorman soothingly assures viewers that peace will come soon.’
    • ‘Can you just imagine how today's anchormen would have reported the discovery of crematoria and concentration camps in World War II?’
    • ‘Unlike anchormen at radio or TV stations who are usually backed up by a big team of project directors and copywriters, Amu has to do his job in an almost solely do-it-yourself way.’
    • ‘Carrey's primary goal is to become the new anchorman at the station.’
    • ‘The anchorman turned it over to a reporter at the scene.’
    • ‘At lunchtime on the day of the party, the BBC's avuncular anchorman David Dimbleby introduced a montage of pop footage.’
    • ‘Can it even be reinvented in the aftermath of the departure of two of the anchormen and the inevitable retirement of Peter?’
    • ‘He doesn't hide behind the BBC anchorman mask to dodge the question.’
    presenter, announcer, anchorman, anchorwoman, newsreader, newscaster, broadcaster, reporter
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    1. 1.1The central or most dependable contributor to something.
      ‘the anchorman of the Hampshire batting’
      • ‘Tomorrow England could play half as well and win and the outcome may depend on which team's anchorman, Nicky Butt or Gilberto Silva, drags his chain less.’
      • ‘I didn't even know what was going on, even after I finished my third game as the team's anchorman.’
      • ‘In February of 2001, Benshoof glided to his first career Senior International medal as the anchorman in a bronze medal performance by Team USA at the 35th Luge World Championships.’
  • 2The member of a relay team who runs the last leg.

    • ‘Weber, the anchorman of this immortal team, was the essence of unmuscled execution.’
    • ‘America's 4x100m team clinched world championship gold after anchorman JJ Johnson pipped Britain's Dwain Chambers on the line.’
    • ‘The anchorman on Coach McDonnell's team was South African, Alistair Cragg, who holds dual Irish citizenship and ran for Ireland in the World Cross-country Championships in Croatia last December.’
    • ‘As for complaining about aches and pains, ‘She doesn't do it more than anyone else,’ says Sam Norwood, anchorman on Talley's team.’