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 Over the years the canals were filled, and the house evolved to meet the needs of the city, also serving as a tool shed for park staff, a watchman’s lodge, and a temporary holding cell for Park Police. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2022 But with political unrest brewing and Australia opening its doors to immigrants, the family soon moved to Brisbane, where Robert found work as a night watchman in a factory. New York Times, 25 Apr. 2022 That doesn’t exactly sound like the exemplar of a neoliberal night-watchman state to me. Samuel Gregg, National Review, 13 Mar. 2022 American newsrooms, lacking racial diversity, had not explored the frustrations or fears Black boys felt about facing a similar confrontation as Martin did with neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, Jordan said. Washington Post, 27 Feb. 2022 In 1947, Lausanne built a lodge, sustained by two of the bell tower’s original wooden beams, to keep the watchman warm between each round of shouting. New York Times, 28 Jan. 2022 Manhattan’s main fire alarm was a bell in the City Hall copula tolled by a watchman who scanned the low skyline for licks of flame. Edward Kosner, WSJ, 25 Jan. 2022 The Florida shooting case that has roiled the nation for weeks took an unexpected turn Monday, when police released the shocking account of neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26. The Week Staff, The Week, 19 Feb. 2020 His father, James, was a night watchman and laborer who died when Franklin was 11. New York Times, 23 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of watchman

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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21 May 2022

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“Watchman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for watchman


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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