watchman

noun watch·man \ ˈwäch-mən , ˈwȯch- \
|Updated on: 23 Jun 2018

Definition of watchman

: a person who keeps watch : guard

Examples of watchman in a Sentence

  1. A watchman stopped them at the gate.

  2. hired a watchman to patrol the factory at night

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First Known Use of watchman

15th century

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WATCHMAN Defined for English Language Learners

watchman

Definition of watchman for English Language Learners

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


WATCHMAN Defined for Kids

watchman

noun watch·man \ ˈwäch-mən \

Definition of watchman for Students

plural watchmen \-mən\
: a person whose job is to guard property at night or when the owners are away


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