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 With Manger, the police force got a longtime lawman., 29 Sep. 2021 With Manger, the police force got a longtime lawman. Michael Balsamo And Colleen Long, USA TODAY, 29 Sep. 2021 Escalante business owners allege the southern Utah lawman is merely trying to settle an old score against their son-in-law, a former police chief. The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 July 2021 Correa, 29, is accused of wounding the officer, whose name was not released, just after 10 a.m. Thursday after the lawman stopped a black Chrysler sedan that Correa was allegedly driving in the area of Black Mountain Road and Westview Parkway. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 July 2021 Family duty sends a lawman to London to look for his mob-assassin brother as a yakuza war threatens to engulf Tokyo. Andy Meek, BGR, 9 Sep. 2021 But the former lawman has probably moved too far to the right to have a chance in Democrat-heavy Milwaukee. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Aug. 2021 Bana’s character is one of his most fascinating — a seemingly calm lawman with a vengeful, even sadistic gleam in his eye. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 23 July 2021 Kevin Costner played lawman Eliot Ness, and Robert De Niro was gangster Al Capone. Washington Post, 31 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of lawman

1944, in the meaning defined above

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8 Oct 2021

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“Lawman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lawman

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

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