po·​lice·​wom·​an | \ pə-ˈlēs-ˌwu̇-mən \

Definition of policewoman

: a woman who is a member of a police force

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Detective Chief Superintendent Konrad Simonsen’s right-hand colleague is his wife; their daughter Anna Mia is an eager young policewoman; and the other cops on the team share a close occupational kinship. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: When Murder Strikes at a Family’s Heart," 3 Aug. 2018 In related attacks, a gunman kills a policewoman and four people taken hostage in a Jewish supermarket in Paris. Joanna Sugden, WSJ, "Car Crashes Outside U.K. Parliament in Suspected Terror Attack," 14 Aug. 2018 Prosecutors accuse her of complicity in the killing of nine men, eight of Turkish origin and one of Greek, and a policewoman between 2000 and 2007. Fox News, "A look at the 5 defendants in Germany's neo-Nazi trial," 10 July 2018 Of the 10 people killed by the NSU between 2000 and 2007, eight were men of Turkish origin, one man was Greek and the tenth was a German policewoman. Frank Jordans, The Seattle Times, "As German neo-Nazi trial ends, families demand more answers," 10 July 2018 Eight Turks, a Greek and a German policewoman were shot to death by the NSU. Erik Kirschbaum, latimes.com, "German Neo-Nazi found guilty of murder in execution-style slayings of migrants," 11 July 2018 Seven other men of Turkish origin, a Greek man and a German policewoman were also killed by the group between 2000 and 2007. Fox News, "As German neo-Nazi trial ends, families still seek answers," 10 July 2018 Despite numerous leads and informants close to the group, German police failed to arrest the NSU and discounted a far-right motive in the killing of eight Turks, a Greek and a policewoman between 2000 and 2007. Frank Jordans, chicagotribune.com, "German suspect in neo-Nazi trial denies role in 10 killings," 3 July 2018 In this June 1, 2018 photo, a group of women faces a line of policewomen in riot gear, before a feminist march in Santiago, Chile. Washington Post, "A ‘Me Too’ movement shakes Chilean universities," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of policewoman

1853, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of policewoman

: a woman who is a police officer


po·​lice·​wom·​an | \ pə-ˈlēs-ˌwu̇-mən \
plural policewomen\ -​ˌwi-​mən \

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: a woman who is a police officer

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