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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for townsman


burgher, citizen, townie (or towny), villager



Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'townsman.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of townsman

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about townsman

Statistics for townsman

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for townsman

The first known use of townsman was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

More from Merriam-Webster on townsman

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with townsman

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for townsman

Comments on townsman

What made you want to look up townsman? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


recurring in steady succession

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!