plain·​clothes·​man | \ ˈplān-ˈklō(t͟h)z-mən How to pronounce plainclothesman (audio) , -ˌman \

Definition of plainclothesman

: a plainclothes police officer

Examples of plainclothesman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Less than a month later, plainclothesmen arrested Nassar at a local tire store, and Munford took him into custody. Jason Schmidt, Glamour, "The Army of Women Who Took Down Larry Nassar," 30 Oct. 2018 Hustling bucks and ducking the Third Division boys, those earnest young plainclothesmen assigned to the vice squad who work out of the 17th Precinct on the East Side. Gail Sheehy, Daily Intelligencer, "Wide Open City/Part II: Redpants and Sugarman," 9 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of plainclothesman

1899, in the meaning defined above

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“Plainclothesman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of plainclothesman

: a police officer who does not wear a uniform while on duty

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