lawman

noun
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 In a time of war, what is the role of the lawman, the keeper of civil order, whose cause is justice rather than victory and whose quarry are criminals, not combatants? Lorraine Berry, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2021 Billy the Kid and the legendary lawman Pat Garrett. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2021 Sheriff Ed Gonzalez to head U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, President Joe Biden has wisely selected a veteran lawman who knows when to be tough and when to be humane. Star Tribune, 1 May 2021 Robert Hawes, the would-be challenger to Hill on whom the sheriff swore out an arrest warrant in 2018, said the lawman is relic of the past. Leon Stafford, ajc, 30 Apr. 2021 Billy the Kid and the legendary lawman Pat Garrett. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2021 Billy the Kid and the legendary lawman Pat Garrett. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2021 An aging lawman reflects on his past and laments a changing world while trying to find and protect a hunter who took the cash from a drug deal gone bad. Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2021 In an interview with KUSA-TV, his father hinted at the dedication that led a lawman into the line of fire at King Soopers market. Dennis Wagner, USA TODAY, 25 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of lawman

1944, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jun 2021

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“Lawman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lawman. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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lawman

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lawman

US : someone (such as a sheriff or marshal) whose job is to make sure that people obey the law

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