po·​lice·​man | \ pə-ˈlēs-mən How to pronounce policeman (audio) \

Definition of policeman

1 : a member of a police force
2 : one held to resemble a policeman making the United States the policeman for the whole wide world— R. B. Long

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Synonyms for policeman


bobby [British], bull [slang], constable [chiefly British], cop, copper, flatfoot [slang], fuzz, gendarme, lawman, officer, police officer, shamus [slang]

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Examples of policeman in a Sentence

reported the crime to the nearest policeman

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But fate intervenes when Fonny angers a white policeman and is unjustly accused of assaulting a woman. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "If Beale Street Could Talk’s Colman Domingo on how movie roles for black men are changing," 14 Dec. 2018 About 270 government troops and policemen were deployed to prevent residents from returning to high-risk villages, Sinas said. Bullit Marquez And Joeal Calupitan, Fox News, "Philippine villages at risk of landslides forcibly evacuated," 21 Sep. 2018 Protests hit the city soon thereafter, followed by the shooting deaths of two Baton Rouge policemen and an East Baton Rouge sheriff's officer by a gunman who was also killed. Andrew Lopez, NOLA.com, "Former LSU safety Eric Reid unafraid to sacrifice NFL career for his principles," 13 Mar. 2018 De Sousa’s eldest sibling, Denise, and buddy Darren Sanders, a former city policeman who now works as security chief for the Baltimore Ravens football team, spoke on De Sousa’s behalf before sentencing. David Mcfadden, The Seattle Times, "Ex-police boss gets 10-month prison sentence for tax fraud," 29 Mar. 2019 At least a dozen journalists covering the fighting were beaten by counterinsurgency policemen well after the fighting ended, journalists said. Aijaz Hussain, The Seattle Times, "Fighting in Kashmir city leaves 3 combatants, civilian dead," 17 Oct. 2018 Sirul and another former policeman were initially convicted in 2009 of Shaariibuu's murder but both won an appeal in 2013. Fox News, "Australia says Malaysia hasn't sought hitman's extradition," 1 Aug. 2018 The tough-talking president has often cited the killings and wounding of many policemen in anti-narcotics raids as proof of the fatal risks that prompt law enforcers to open fire on drug suspects. Jim Gomez, Fox News, "Catholic priest says life in danger for criticizing Duterte," 27 Aug. 2018 Army soldiers and policemen attend the scene where more than 20 people were killed in their homes in an overnight attack in the Ruhagarika community of the rural northwestern province of Cibitoke, in Burundi Saturday, May 12, 2018. Washington Post, "26 people killed in Burundi ‘terrorist’ attack: Official," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of policeman

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of policeman was in 1788

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English Language Learners Definition of policeman

: a man who is a police officer


po·​lice·​man | \ pə-ˈlēs-mən How to pronounce policeman (audio) \
plural policemen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of policeman

: a man who is a police officer


po·​lice·​man | \ pə-ˈlēs-mən How to pronounce policeman (audio) \
plural policemen\ -​mən How to pronounce policemen (audio) \

Medical Definition of policeman

: an instrument (as a flat piece of rubber on a glass rod) for removing solids from a vessel (as a beaker)

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one that collects or salvages junk

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