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

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According to The Seattle Times, the artwork is a nod to Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen whose death and the subsequent acquittal of the neighborhood watchman who shot him in 2012 gave rise to the Black Lives Matter movement. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "An Art Project Called Black Teen Wearing Hoodie Has Been Repeatedly Destroyed in Seattle," 28 Aug. 2018 Per Evenson, a fire watchman posted in the tower on Linnekleppen, a rocky hill southeast of Oslo, counted 11 separate forest fires in one day in early July. Zia Ur-rehman, The Seattle Times, "How record heat has wreaked havoc on four continents," 31 July 2018 His father is a night watchman, and his mother is a house cleaner. 1989 Simons interns for Walter Van Beirendonck while studying industrial and furniture design in Genk. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "A Brief History of Raf Simons’s Storied Career in Fashion," 22 Dec. 2018 In New York, bombers hit Judge Charles C. Nott’s East 61st Street brownstone with 20 pounds of dynamite and blew 70-year-old night watchman William Boehner to pieces. David Pietrusza, WSJ, "Bombs in the Mail Bring Echoes of Anarchism," 2 Nov. 2018 For the rest of the afternoon — walking around the synagogues, talking to their watchman, and listening to the story of their reconstruction — this question kept playing in my head. Michael David Lukas, New York Times, "From Cairo to Kolkata, Traces of a Vibrant Jewish Past," 8 June 2018 A day earlier, the Islamic State claimed a gruesome attack on a school in Nangahar, in which the assailants killed three night watchmen, beheading two of them, and setting fire to the school. Sayed Salahuddin, BostonGlobe.com, "Spate of attacks in eastern Afghanistan marks push by Islamic State militants," 11 July 2018 A day earlier, the Islamic State claimed a gruesome attack on a school in Nangahar, in which the assailants killed three night watchmen, beheading two of them, and setting fire to the school. Washington Post, "Spate of attacks in eastern Afghanistan marks push by Islamic State militants," 11 July 2018 The Church of Scientology also denied Tighe's claims, with Church of Scientology International representative Karin Pouw telling Kelly that Tighe was a security guard and night watchman from 2002 to 2009. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Scarlett Johansson denies auditioning to date Tom Cruise, calls rumor 'so demeaning'," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of watchman

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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