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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Soon the first policeman, 34-year-old George Rosko of the Juvenile Bureau, arrived on the scene. Gary Kamiya, SFChronicle.com, "It was just like the movies — only this SF sniper was for real," 12 July 2019 As a result of his investigation, the policemen who arrested Maria and Ariel were indicted in 1950. Gal Beckerman, New York Times, "The Holocaust Survivor Who Deciphered Nazi Doublespeak," 24 June 2019 Raines reminisced about dry cleaning the Gretna policemen’s winter coats and other uniforms every year since the early ‘90’s. Helen Williams, nola.com, "Gretna institution closes its doors," 21 June 2019 Protestors give thumbs down and boo the policemen at the headquarters. Natalie Gil, refinery29.com, "Diary From Hong Kong: 24 Hours With A Young Woman Protesting," 18 June 2019 The spell was broken: Two motards-motorcycle policemen--emerged from a cellar garage that has become their base, and rolled away in a subsiding mutter of mechanical flatulence. Bruce Dale, National Geographic, "Adored, neglected, and restored: A 1968 Nat Geo feature explored Notre Dame," 17 Apr. 2019 In Kashmir, more soldiers, policemen, terrorists and citizens died in 2018 than in a decade, and this year is on course to match that toll. Samar Halarnkar, Quartz India, "India’s battling one crisis after another, but parliament and media are obsessed with the irrelevant," 24 June 2019 Another photo shows policemen looming over them holding huge plastic shields. Caroline Carter, 1843, "I was brainwashed in China. Now I’m protesting in Hong Kong," 20 June 2019 But the two sequels starring Smith and Jones failed to recapture the magic, and so the concept of nattily dressed alien policemen went dormant until now, revived with an all-new duo: Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Men in Black: International Forgets What Made the Original So Great," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of policeman

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Jul 2019

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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