highwayman

noun
high·​way·​man | \ ˈhī-ˌwā-mən How to pronounce highwayman (audio) \

Definition of highwayman

: a thief who robs travelers on a road

Examples of highwayman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thieves of the Wood (Netflix) Charismatic highwayman Jan de Lichte leads the oppressed in a revolt against the corrupt aristocracy of 18th-century Flanders. Nina Zafar, Washington Post, "What to watch on Thursday: ‘Deputy’ premieres on Fox," 2 Jan. 2020 This later-season standout stars Cleese as a bumbling, flower-thieving highwayman who steals from the rich and gives to the poor. Devan Coggan, EW.com, "Monty Python's Flying Circus," 4 Oct. 2019 In the late 1950s, Zorro grew especially popular because of a Disney television series featuring handsome Guy Williams as the daredevil highwayman. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "Johnston McCulley dreamed up Zorro 100 years ago. The masked avenger is still a thrill.," 10 July 2019 What started as the usual conduct by the highwaymen in the Freedom Caucus is now spreading. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "The House is revolting," 25 May 2018 The story the museum tells is laced with human connections and studded with violence, from wartime bombs to pirate attacks on postal ships to highwaymen's raids on mail coaches. Jill Lawless, Detroit Free Press, "Mail Rail lets tourists visit London's secret postal railway," 29 July 2017 The story the museum tells is laced with human connections and studded with violence, from wartime bombs to pirate attacks on postal ships to highwaymen’s raids on mail coaches. Jill Lawless, The Seattle Times, "Mail Rail lets tourists visit London’s secret postal railway," 27 July 2017

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First Known Use of highwayman

1617, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of highwayman was in 1617

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“Highwayman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/highwayman. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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highwayman

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How to pronounce highwayman (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of highwayman

: a man especially in the past who stopped travelers on roads and robbed them

highwayman

noun
high·​way·​man | \ ˈhī-ˌwā-mən How to pronounce highwayman (audio) \
plural highwaymen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of highwayman

: a man who robbed travelers on a road in past centuries

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