law·​man ˈlȯ-mən How to pronounce lawman (audio)
: a law-enforcement officer (such as a sheriff or marshal)

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 Hosted by Hannity, the historical drama series will explore the true stories of the lawmen and outlaws of the Wild West, revealing how the events of the past led to the rise of modern law enforcement. Jack Dunn, Variety, 6 May 2024 While reform-minded sheriffs and district attorneys have won in major metro areas in recent years, O.C.’s top lawmen are proudly regressive Republicans — and voters love it. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2024 Costner shared footage from both parts which featured wagon trains, Union troops, feuding ranchers, gunfights, tight-lipped lawmen, steely frontier women and sweeping vistas. Brent Lang, Variety, 10 Apr. 2024 Filed on behalf of the Palmdale School District, the March 29 suit targets both Shelton and the Sheriff’s Department in Los Angeles Superior Court, saying the lawman should have seen that custodian Eric Rios clearly wasn’t fleeing and didn’t look anything like the suspect Shelton was chasing. Keri Blakinger, Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2024 The former lawman, Daniel Hersl, is serving an 18-year sentence in federal prison for racketeering convictions associated with the Gun Trace Task Force, the notoriously corrupt Baltimore Police unit that had several members indicted in 2017. Dan Belson, Baltimore Sun, 9 Jan. 2024 Witnesses testified that the fatal shooting happened as the crew was setting up the camera angle for a close-up shot of Mr. Baldwin pulling an old-fashioned revolver from his holster as lawmen close in on him in a small wooden church. Julia Jacobs, New York Times, 8 Mar. 2024 His retelling of the remarkable true story of the legendary lawman comes to a close in Sunday’s triumphant finale of Lawmen: Bass Reeves on Paramount+ — and with that, his third Golden Globes nomination for his performance as the noble hero grappling with the moral and spiritual cost of the badge. Jessica Wang,, 17 Dec. 2023 Dennis Quaid and Donald Sutherland also star in the show, which is part of an anthology series that will follow other iconic lawmen and outlaws in future seasons. Emily Blackwood, Peoplemag, 2 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lawman was in 1944

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“Lawman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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law·​man ˈlȯ-mən How to pronounce lawman (audio)
: a law-enforcement officer (as a sheriff or marshal)

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