A skilled, experienced, and respected female political leader or figure.
- ‘Now that she has been the first autonomous ‘dalit politician’, she might take a shot at being the first dalit stateswoman.’
- ‘For all the democratic and transparent processes the nation went through last year, it has failed to produce a leader who can even remotely be considered a statesman or stateswoman.’
- ‘‘They're so cute; I just love what they do,’ says elder stateswoman Williamson of the young band.’
- ‘What, did they think her an Old Russun stateswoman or something?’
- ‘Therefore, what the Democrats need, and what America needs, is a Jimmy Carter / John Kennedy / Abraham Lincoln / Thomas Jefferson statesman or stateswoman.’
Early 17th century: from state's woman, after statesman.
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