watchman

noun
watch·​man | \ˈwäch-mən, 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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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 In just a couple of lines the hip-hop superstar also questions why George Zimmerman, the former Central Florida neighborhood watchman who killed 17-year-old Miami Gardens boy Trayvon Martin in 2012, is still alive. Brett Clarkson, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Jay-Z addresses XXXTentacion's killing while dissing Trump and George Zimmerman on Drake's new album," 1 July 2018 Vacancies for glacier monitors are rare and highly sought-after, and many glaciers have been in the same family for generations, passed down to sons and daughters, like Haraldsson, when the journey becomes too arduous for their aging watchmen. The Atlantic, "The Icelandic Families Tracking Climate Change With Measuring Tape," 6 June 2018 Residents of ger districts lack access to running water, while jobs for rural migrants are few and poorly paid — a watchman, a cook, a driver perhaps. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "Mongolia’s nomadic way of life threatened by climate change, neglect, modernity," 8 July 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 \
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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