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[puh-lees-muh n] /pəˈlis mən/
noun, plural policemen.
a member of a police force or body.
Ice Hockey. enforcer (def 4).
Origin of policeman
First recorded in 1795-1805; police + -man
Related forms
policemanlike, adjective
Usage note
See -man. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for policemen
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  • It was impossible to say what she knew, how deep she was involved with policemen and Embassies.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • "I'd hang them two policemen, if I did what I should like to do," responded Judith.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • As he thrust his way into the bush he glanced back at the two policemen.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • What were policemen doing in this country of range and sheriffs?

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • It was a humiliating surprise for the two policemen: they felt fooled.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
British Dictionary definitions for policemen


noun (pl) -men, -women
a member of a police force, esp one holding the rank of constable Gender-neutral form police officer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for policemen



1790, from police (n.) + man (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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policemen in Medicine

policeman po·lice·man (pə-lēs'mən)
An instrument, usually a rubber-tipped rod, for removing solid particles from a glass container.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for policemen



enforcer: You had to bring in somebody who was as tough, or brutal, as they were. The kind of terminology for this role in hockey was ''policeman'' (1980s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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