pa·​trol·​man pə-ˈtrōl-mən How to pronounce patrolman (audio)
: one who patrols
especially : a police officer assigned to a beat

Examples of patrolman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In May 1969, on the sixth day of demonstrations over plans to develop land known as People’s Park, then-Gov. Ronald Reagan called in more than 2,000 National Guard troops and hundreds of highway patrolmen, who descended on campus with weapons. Marisa Gerber, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2024 The officer, former City of Pearl Police Department patrolman Michael Christian Green, was charged with one federal misdemeanor count of deprivation of civil rights under color of law, the complaint says. Rebekah Riess, CNN, 14 Mar. 2024 The patrolmen were brought to Grapevine’s Lucas Funeral Home. Rick Mauch, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 9 Feb. 2024 The three men spoke about payoffs in virtually every precinct, with patrolmen, sergeants, and higher-ups sharing money from merchants and mobsters, handed over to avoid arrests and for other favors. Robert D. McFadden,, 10 Sep. 2023 See all Example Sentences for patrolman 

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Word History

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of patrolman was in 1867

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“Patrolman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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pa·​trol·​man pə-ˈtrōl-mən How to pronounce patrolman (audio)
: a police officer who has a regular beat

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