policeman

noun
po·​lice·​man | \ pə-ˈlēs-mən \

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

Synonyms

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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Also on Sunday, Mr. Netanyahu quickly pushed through a bill to increase the salaries of policemen and prison guards by cutting funds from all government ministries. Dov Lieber, WSJ, "Netanyahu’s Coalition in Turmoil as He Rejects Partner’s Demand," 18 Nov. 2018 But it was quickly followed by an even bigger case in California, the blockbuster arrest this week of a former policeman whom California authorities accused of being the serial rapist and murderer known as the Golden State Killer. NBC News, "Familial DNA puts elusive killers behind bars. But only 12 states use it.," 28 Apr. 2018 As to jumping from a bathroom window, a former prisoner who was held in that building has said two policemen always escorted him to the restroom. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Cuba Holds the Keys to Venezuela," 14 Oct. 2018 In northern Kunduz province at least 13 local policemen were killed early Saturday when their checkpoint came under an attack by Taliban fighters, said Nematullah Temori, spokesman for the provincial governor. Rahim Faiez, BostonGlobe.com, "Taliban announce cease-fire over Eid holiday for 1st time," 9 June 2018 Merseyside Police said although no-one on the bus was injured there were injuries to two policemen. Matias Grez, CNN, "Liverpool stun Manchester City to take commanding lead in Champions League tie," 4 Apr. 2018 The postman, the fireman, the policeman and clerk at the convenience store, the ladies at the dry cleaner. Kyle Ringo, Houston Chronicle, "San Antonio’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial built with thousands of small contributions," 27 May 2018 Typical of its genre, The Guilty’s veteran policeman Asger (played by Jakob Cedergren) has earned himself call-center duty for some kind of indiscretion the office seems to still be sorting out. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "The Guilty review: Even in 2018, a simple phone can be utterly thrilling," 21 Oct. 2018 America has been the world’s policeman, the guarantor of a modicum of restraint from the world’s despots and fanatics. Tony Abbott, WSJ, "An Ally Sizes Up Donald Trump," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of policeman

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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31 Dec 2018

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The first known use of policeman was in 1788

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policeman

noun

English Language Learners Definition of policeman

: a man who is a police officer

policeman

noun
po·​lice·​man | \ pə-ˈlēs-mən \
plural policemen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of policeman

: a man who is a police officer

policeman

noun
po·​lice·​man | \ pə-ˈlēs-mən \
plural policemen\ -​mən \

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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