policeman

noun

po·​lice·​man pə-ˈlēs-mən How to pronounce policeman (audio)
1
: a member of a police force
2
: one held to resemble a policeman
making the United States the policeman for the whole wide worldR. B. Long

Example Sentences

reported the crime to the nearest policeman
Recent Examples on the Web Al-Khatib gets on the phone as the visitors argue with the officers amid the crackle of the policeman's walkie-talkie. Isabel Debre, ajc, 17 Jan. 2023 As infections spread, violence — and paranoia — grows more rampant, but a policeman's (Do Won Kwak) investigation soon becomes personal when his only daughter (Kim Hwan-hee) begins to harbor symptoms. Allaire Nuss, EW.com, 12 Aug. 2022 Then came Memorial Day, and George Floyd's death under a policeman's knee, and a new, urgent need to find these young Black men a place and a purpose. Star Tribune, 13 Feb. 2021 His father was a policeman and his mother was a former cook. Phoebe Natanson, ABC News, 31 Dec. 2022 Attorneys for the family of a man who was shot and killed by a Huntsville policeman argued in federal court today that the city protects officers who use excessive force. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, 7 Sep. 2022 Kravchenko said of the 327 murder victims in Bucha his office has documented, just three were soldiers and one was a policeman. Erika Kinetz, ajc, 25 July 2022 Kravchenko said of the 327 murder victims in Bucha his office has documented, just three were soldiers and one was a policeman. Erika Kinetz, Chicago Tribune, 25 July 2022 The former Texas policeman who fatally shot Atatiana Jefferson in her home has been convicted of manslaughter. Charmaine Patterson, Peoplemag, 15 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of policeman was in 1788

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Cite this Entry

“Policeman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/policeman. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

policeman

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

Medical Definition

policeman

noun
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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