towns·​man | \ ˈtau̇nz-mən How to pronounce townsman (audio) \

Definition of townsman

1a : a native or resident of a town or city
b : an urban or urbane person
2 : a fellow citizen of a town

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Examples of townsman in a Sentence

thousands of townsmen turned out to vote on the school budget
Recent Examples on the Web Mountaineers and townsmen of eastern Tennessee cam in hundreds to pack the auditorium., "July 11, 1925: Scopes trial begins," 11 July 2018 Our esteemed fellow-townsman Dr. Arnold is making a tour of Boise County on professional business. Arthur Hart, idahostatesman, "Early dentists in Idaho were constantly on the go | Idaho Statesman," 2 Mar. 2018 For decades after Jenkins-Davis' murder, there were no arrests in the case, and that created suspicion that Martinsville police were protecting a townsman. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "'We need to acknowledge it': Martinsville tries to remake its racist image," 2 Nov. 2017 As his friend Carl Foreman sought help, Cooper was less like Will Kane and more like the townsman who first offers to stand with the marshal but then, when no one else joins the effort, backs out. Douglass K. Daniel, Orange County Register, "Review: ‘High Noon’ book draws down on Hollywood blacklist," 16 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of townsman

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Townsman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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