watchman

noun
watch·​man | \ ˈwäch-mən How to pronounce watchman (audio) , ˈwȯch- \

Definition of watchman

: a person who keeps watch : guard

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Examples of watchman in a Sentence

A watchman stopped them at the gate. hired a watchman to patrol the factory at night
Recent Examples on the Web A night watchman at a museum of natural history discovers that exhibits come alive after the building closes. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘An American in Paris’; ‘Ben-Hur’," 26 Mar. 2021 Federal investigators said Tuesday thatthe lack of a required night watchman on the Conception dive boat delayed the detection of the fire that trapped and killed 34 people below deck last year. Erin Rode, USA TODAY, "In California: Disneyland won't be reopening soon, ballot box set on fire in L.A. suburb," 21 Oct. 2020 The National Transportation Safety Board had also faulted the U.S. Coast Guard for not enforcing the requirement to post a roving night watchman. NBC News, "Captain of Conception dive boat indicted on 34 manslaughter counts in deadly fire," 2 Dec. 2020 The flames might have been sparked by cellphones and batteries left charging overnight -- a tragedy could have been prevented by a night watchman, National Transportation Safety Board investigators said in October. Amir Vera And Sarah Moon, CNN, "California dive boat captain indicted on multiple counts of manslaughter in connection with fire that left 34 dead," 1 Dec. 2020 In February 1990, an 18-year-old Colorado man who had been serving time for burglary held a night watchman at gunpoint in a Travelodge hotel room on Harbor Island for nearly 34 hours. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Inside a 19-hour standoff between San Diego police and a man on a rooftop," 1 Nov. 2020 The National Transportation Safety Board said the Conception's captain failed to post a roving night watchman aboard the vessel, which allowed the fire to quickly spread and trap the 33 passengers and one crew member. Stefanie Dazio And Tom Krisher, USA TODAY, "'Clean up your act': NTSB blames California boat owners for Conception fire that killed 34 people last year," 21 Oct. 2020 The National Transportation Safety Board said the Conception's captain failed to post a roving night watchman aboard the vessel, which allowed the fire to quickly spread and trap the 33 passengers and one crew member. NBC News, "Owners of California dive boat faulted for fire that killed 34," 21 Oct. 2020 In 2012, Martin, an unarmed Black teen, was fatally shot by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Naomi Osaka Receives Messages from Parents of Ahmaud Arbery & Trayvon Martin: 'Extremely Touching'," 9 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of watchman

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Watchman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/watchman. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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watchman

noun

English Language Learners Definition of watchman

: a person whose job is to watch and guard property at night or when the owners are away

watchman

noun
watch·​man | \ ˈwäch-mən How to pronounce watchman (audio) \
plural watchmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of watchman

: a person whose job is to guard property at night or when the owners are away

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