pa·​trol·​man | \ pə-ˈtrōl-mən How to pronounce patrolman (audio) \

Definition of patrolman

: one who patrols especially : a police officer assigned to a beat

Examples of patrolman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bratton, a Dorchester native who started as a Boston patrolman in 1970., 10 June 2021 Disselhorst first joined the department in 1995 as a patrolman. Brian Slupski,, 8 June 2021 His past employment included three years as a patrolman and many years as a hospital guard. Celia Storey, Arkansas Online, 31 May 2021 The suit alleges Osborn lacked probable cause to arrest the patrolman. John Caniglia, cleveland, 13 May 2021 His father was a highway patrolman, and his mother worked at a local school. Abe Streep, The New Yorker, 21 May 2021 The officer became the city’s first patrolman in almost 50 years to be convicted of murder and was sentenced to just shy of seven years in prison. New York Times, 2 May 2021 Former Boston police commissioner Paul F. Evans called on the city to release the full internal affairs file for patrolman Patrick Rose, the former union chief now accused of molesting six children., 21 Apr. 2021 That day of the murder, a patrolman came upon the suspect, a drifter named Donald Ray Rister, and shot him, wounding the man in the neck. oregonlive, 3 May 2021

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First Known Use of patrolman

1867, in the meaning defined above

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“Patrolman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of patrolman

US : a police officer who patrols an area
British : a person who works for an organized group of car owners and who goes to help if one of the owners' cars stops working when it is being driven


pa·​trol·​man | \ pə-ˈtrōl-mən How to pronounce patrolman (audio) \
plural patrolmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of patrolman

: a police officer who has a regular beat

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