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 Since winning the lottery nearly two decades ago, Chody has built a reputation as a conservative lawman with a penchant for social media and a craving for celebrity. USA Today, "From lotto millions to a felony indictment. How reality TV could undo a Texas sheriff.," 13 Oct. 2020 But as an examination of a lawman coming unglued from stress, the movie is sharp and intense. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Review: Utah-made ‘Wolf of Snow Hollow’ mixes horror, comedy and drama to depict a lawman’s breakdown," 8 Oct. 2020 As sheriff in Falls County, Tex., Ricky Scaman cast himself as a tough, cowboy-hat-wearing lawman willing to sacrifice his body to personally catch bad guys. Washington Post, "A Texas sheriff is charged with sexually abusing his colleagues. It’s not his first complaint.," 22 Sep. 2020 But the more bizarre theories about what happened are too much even for a lawman in Florida. Richard Schlesinger, CBS News, "The Tiger King mystery: What Happened to Carole Baskin's former husband Don Lewis?," 9 Sep. 2020 Penzone was another lifetime lawman but campaigned on treating everyone, including immigrants, with respect., "A ‘Dreamer’ helped oust Arpaio. Now, after facing deportation following a George Floyd protest, she's battling Penzone," 3 Sep. 2020 Three former Democratic candidates for sheriff are breaking party ranks and endorsing Republican Wayne Clark’s bid to become Broward County’s top lawman. Skyler Swisher,, "Former Democratic candidates for Broward sheriff endorse Republican over Gregory Tony," 31 Aug. 2020 Law and Order can be a reminder of what sparked the unrest in the first place: another instance of life-destroying brutality by a lawman. C. M. Fortenberry, National Review, "How to Restore Order for Everyone’s Sake," 26 Aug. 2020 Long before gunfighter lawman Ed Cantrell shot his undercover narcotics officer Mike Rosa dead outside the Silver Dollar Bar, Rock Springs, Wyoming was well established as a mean and unstable place. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'The Last Western' Uncovers the Truth Behind a Midwest Murder," 12 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of lawman

1944, in the meaning defined above

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19 Oct 2020

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“Lawman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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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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