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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Examples of policeman in a Sentence

reported the crime to the nearest policeman

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In 2016 alone, two Kansas City, Kan., policemen were killed in the line of duty. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Details on funeral for slain KCK deputies: the procession, where to donate," 20 June 2018 One of the policemen convicted of the murder escaped to Australia while his conviction was on appeal. Fox News, "Slain Mongolian model's father seeks Malaysia to reopen case," 19 June 2018 On Sunday, a group of entrenched policemen left the compound and attacked protesters for about an hour, one resident said. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Barricades and Empty Streets: Nicaragua’s Leader Loses Control," 18 June 2018 Deadly confrontations also took place last July after Israel installed metal detectors at the entrance to the complex following the killing of two Israeli policemen there by Arab-Israeli gunmen. NBC News, "U.S. will open Jerusalem embassy in May: State Department," 23 Feb. 2018 Ortega, the former military policeman, is among those who argue that ill-prepared troops are being wrongly dispatched into a violent vortex. Steve Fisher, latimes.com, "Mexico sent in the army to fight the drug war. Many question the toll on society and the army itself," 18 June 2018 And two people dressed as policemen knocked on the employee entrance and against regulations the security guards that night let them in. CBS News, ""The Museum of Lost Art": Examining the vulnerability of the world's treasures," 23 June 2018 Just as Tyrone’s brother surrenders with his hands in the air, the rig explodes in the background, and a startled policeman fires, sending his lifeless body into the water below. Lorraine Ali, latimes.com, "'Marvel's Cloak & Dagger' gives us superheroes with a curfew and a very different sort of story line," 7 June 2018 Ricardo Ortiz, the mayor of nearby Irapuato, says that many policemen are threatening to quit to earn more than their miserable average wage of 14,000 pesos a month. The Economist, "Mexico’s murder rate heads for a new record," 5 May 2018

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First Known Use of policeman

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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