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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Investigators are looking into several safety concerns that include staff training for emergencies, safety instructions to passengers and whether there was a night watchman on duty when the fire broke out. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "Charges in California boat fire may hinge on 1838 law. Here's why," 11 Sep. 2019 Authorities are looking into various safety issues, including whether patrons received safety briefings and if a night watchman was on duty when the blaze broke out before dawn. Washington Post, "Authorities hope to interview previous scuba boat passengers," 9 Sep. 2019 Authorities are looking into various safety issues, including whether a night watchman was on duty when the blaze broke out before dawn. Stefanie Dazio And Brian Melley, chicagotribune.com, "Criminal probe underway in fiery California dive boat disaster," 9 Sep. 2019 One of the six crew members was supposed to have served as a night watchman. Kris Van Cleave, CBS News, "Investigators believe deadly California boat fire started on the second level," 5 Sep. 2019 Frank Leslie worked for a while as a night watchman. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Floating tiki bar, haunted pub crawl: 10 places for end-of-summer road trips in Arizona," 14 Aug. 2019 The entire impetus behind body camera legislation arose from a desire to watch the watchmen — and the less officers could legally turn a camera off, the better, the latter group argued. Tad Vezner, Twin Cities, "Old debate on homeowner privacy dominates talk on Ramsey County’s body cameras," 10 July 2019 Sybrina Fulton, who became a prominent advocate after the 2012 shooting death of her 17-year-old son by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla., announced her candidacy for Miami-Dade County Commission last month. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "Trayvon Martin's mom says Hillary Clinton 'planted the seed' for her to run for office in Florida," 15 June 2019 Far from the torrent of opportunity and celebration, a lonely figure has dutifully remained at her post, like a watchman outside a mall after closing. Steven Goff, courant.com, "US goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, a Connecticut native, should face first real World Cup test vs. Sweden," 17 June 2019

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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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