po·​lice·​man pə-ˈlēs-mən How to pronounce policeman (audio)
: a member of a police force
: one held to resemble a policeman
making the United States the policeman for the whole wide worldR. B. Long

Examples of policeman in a Sentence

reported the crime to the nearest policeman
Recent Examples on the Web Video shows dozens of demonstrators wearing blue hats and face-covering masks in an attempt to storm the Tesla premises as policemen use force to stop them. Anthony Robledo, USA TODAY, 11 May 2024 Sure enough, two policemen came to his home the next day. Peter Hessler, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for policeman 

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Policeman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/policeman. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


po·​lice·​man pə-ˈlē-smən How to pronounce policeman (audio)

Medical Definition


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