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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Examples of policeman in a Sentence

reported the crime to the nearest policeman
Recent Examples on the Web Thurman writes of a funeral for a black man who was killed by a policeman. Dominic Pino, National Review, 27 June 2021 Four days after George Floyd was killed by a policeman in Minneapolis, protesters in Richmond, Virginia, responded to his death by targeting the city’s Confederate statues. Karen L. Cox, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Apr. 2021 And then this guy coming with a gun out does not see the short policeman behind me. Los Angeles Times, 24 Sep. 2021 One policeman was hit in his bulletproof vest in the crossfire from another IMPD officer. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 1 June 2021 In February, 2020, a rogue Afghan policeman opened fire and killed Rodriguez and Sergeant First Class Javier Gutierrez. Robin Wrigh, The New Yorker, 31 Aug. 2021 His handler, a Canadian policeman who drove down from Nova Scotia, was suspended from his job for leaving without permission when his department saw him on television aiding the rescue efforts. Sarah Bahr, New York Times, 30 Aug. 2021 Ebert applies a freewheeling buffoonery to Mister and, later, an opposite dimension of cruel menace to his other role, a policeman who under stress will undergo a dramatic conversion. Washington Post, 22 Aug. 2021 An Israeli policeman was critically wounded by Palestinian gunfire during the clashes along Gaza's border with Israel. Wafaa Shurafa, ajc, 21 Aug. 2021

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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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14 Oct 2021

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“Policeman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/policeman. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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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 policeman (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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