law·​man | \ ˈlȯ-mən How to pronounce lawman (audio) \

Definition of lawman

: a law-enforcement officer (such as a sheriff or marshal)

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Examples of lawman in a Sentence

Wyatt Earp was a famous American lawman of the Wild West. as the rural county's chief lawman, the sheriff has to patrol a vast area with only minimal manpower
Recent Examples on the Web The friendship between the lawman (played by Barry Sullivan) and the gun-toting rustler was fictionalized and greatly exaggerated over the show’s 75 episodes; many historians believe that Garrett actually shot and killed Billy in 1881., 7 Aug. 2022 The show is based on the real-life lawman and was announced as part of an overall deal Yoruba Saxon signed with Paramount back in September 2021. Joe Otterson, Variety, 27 June 2022 This one was taken by David Oyelowo, who will take on the role of Bass Reeves in the upcoming Taylor Sheridan series about the legendary lawman. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, 28 May 2022 Before signing on to play the new Joe Leaphorn in Dark Winds, Zahn McClarnon was winning laughs as a much more dim-witted lawman on Reservation Dogs. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 9 June 2022 Within 24 hours, another top lawman announced that the account was wrong: There was no initial shootout. Dennis Wagner, USA TODAY, 27 May 2022 Back at the barbecue joint, Sheriff Herman Hickey (Ron Perlman), a gruff longtime lawman with a sardonic sense of humanity, is investigating signs that a bloody slaughter recently occurred on the premises. Joe Leydon, Variety, 12 May 2022 An upcoming festival in Coudersport, Pa., is doing its part to reconcile Ness the larger-than-life lawman and the real-life federal agent with integrity who still serves as a role model. Samantha Drake, Washington Post, 1 June 2022 On the other hand, 1883: The Bass Reeves Story brings the legendary lawman of the wild west to life. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 27 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of lawman

1944, in the meaning defined above

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9 Aug 2022

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“Lawman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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