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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Synonyms for policeman


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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Get our daily newsletter On July 29th Mr Kabendera was forcibly removed from his home on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam, the commercial capital, by plain-clothes policemen. The Economist, "Another critic of President John Magufuli is silenced," 1 Aug. 2019 In contrast, a decade later, the murder victim is an Italian policeman at a time when Salvini’s law-and-order right-wing party is soaring in popularity. Frances D'emilio, The Denver Post, "American teens jailed in Italy in connection with policeman’s killing," 27 July 2019 But Abdulrahman said the protesters were not armed and that the fire started after gas canisters launched by the policemen hit the emergency unit. Bukola Adebayo, CNN, "Protests turn deadly as the Islamic Movement of Nigeria clash with police," 22 July 2019 Medical workers help a protester in pain from tear gas fired by policemen on a street in Hong Kong, Sunday, July 21, 2019. Washington Post, "10 Things to Know for Today," 22 July 2019 His wife was Catholic and had been hiding with their son when they were arrested by Polish policemen. Gal Beckerman, New York Times, "The Holocaust Survivor Who Deciphered Nazi Doublespeak," 24 June 2019 The network was protected by corrupt policemen, and the son of a former senior police official served as the lynchpin between the Chinese and Pakistani operatives, the officials said. Fox News, "Sold into marriage, Pakistani women endure rapes in China," 17 June 2019 Mother and son repaired to a police station where a policeman gave Ryan a primer on seat belt safety. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "5 things to know about new Giants second baseman Scooter Gennett," 1 Aug. 2019 Police said there was a scuffle at the rendezvous site and a policeman was stabbed eight times, dying shortly afterward in the hospital. Frances D’emilio, BostonGlobe.com, "2 US teens jailed in Italy in policeman’s killing," 27 July 2019

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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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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 policemen (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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