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 But the path that took Mankiller—her last name stems from a Cherokee title for a soldier or watchman—to the helm of the second-largest Native nation wasn’t straightforward. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian Magazine, "Nine Women Whose Remarkable Lives Deserve the Biopic Treatment," 7 Feb. 2020 Authorities are looking into whether the boat had a night watchman on duty, as required under Coast Guard rules. CBS News, "Family of sole crew member who died in California boat fire sues dive boat operator," 13 Jan. 2020 Upon learning that the museum’s magic is disappearing, night watchman Larry Daley sets out on an epic quest to the British Museum in London to save his friends one last time. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 Yet despite its universal success, the watchmen of Billboard’s Hot Country Song Charts dismissed the track as not country enough. Mario J. Lucero, Quartz, "Music streaming services mishandle our data—and our culture is paying for it," 3 Jan. 2020 Sturgus’ body, still clinging to life, was discovered by a night watchman around 9:30 p.m. that night, in an alley behind the Anchorage Drug store and Liberty Cafe, near the intersection of Fourth Avenue and E Street. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "Who killed Anchorage’s first police chief? Nearly 100 years later, it’s still a mystery.," 13 Jan. 2020 Monica Rochester said a watchman typically walks through the vessel and checks equipment throughout the night. Los Angeles Times, "Conception crew members were sleeping when boat fire broke out, in violation of rules," 12 Sep. 2019 Resident Ilona Barber, who’s lived at the Fuggerei for five years, works at the tour admission desk, but others may be a night watchman or a gardener. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "After Almost 500 Years, the World’s Oldest Social Housing Complex Is Still Going Strong," 20 Dec. 2019 The night watchman at a restaurant across the street runs a hose every other day to their house to fill up buckets of water. Washington Post, "Many in Venezuela’s 2nd city turn to prayer, not politics," 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of watchman

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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17 Feb 2020

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“Watchman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of watchman

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


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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