po·​lice·​wom·​an pə-ˈlēs-ˌwu̇-mən How to pronounce policewoman (audio)
: a woman who is a member of a police force

Examples of policewoman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His crime: giving ― free of charge ― two joints to an undercover Detroit policewoman. Bill McGraw, Detroit Free Press, 2 Apr. 2024 Eleven protesters were injured, and a policewoman was killed: all the spokes of Matar’s lingering, melancholy new novel connect to this transforming event. The New Yorker, 24 Jan. 2024 Danvers and Navarro are policewomen stationed in Ennis, a fictional Alaskan town where the gruff white residents frequently clash with the region’s Indigenous Iñupiat people over the economy, environment, and other territorial concerns. Jeremy Gordon, The Atlantic, 12 Jan. 2024 Eleven protesters were injured, and a policewoman named Yvonne Fletcher, on duty that morning with her policeman fiancé, was killed. James Wood, The New Yorker, 15 Jan. 2024 On Gadhafi’s orders, men inside the embassy opened fire with submachine guns, wounding a number of the demonstrators and killing a British policewoman. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 5 Jan. 2024 There are some dark family secrets, ghosts, a helpful but wary policewoman (Elizabeth Lial) and of course the animatronic giant creatures who come to life and are at once cute and deadly. Murtada Elfadl, Variety, 26 Oct. 2023 When Teresa is found murdered, Lost is confronted with the question why a simple policewoman had to die – only to find out that her death was a collateral damage and that there is something much bigger behind the cas. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 24 Aug. 2023 The tight focus on the mortal feud between Ryan’s grandmother and his father—who nurses an implacable grudge against the policewoman who has tried to keep his son away from him for the boy’s entire childhood—has the unfortunate consequence of depriving the story lines of Ryan’s interiority. Inkoo Kang, The New Yorker, 26 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of policewoman was in 1853

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“Policewoman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/policewoman. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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po·​lice·​wom·​an pə-ˈlē-ˌswu̇m-ən How to pronounce policewoman (audio)
: a woman who is a police officer
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