- a native or inhabitant of a town.
- a native or inhabitant of one's own or the same town.
- (in New England) a selectman.
Origin of townsman
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Examples from the Web for townsman
He asked a townsman standing near him what the tumult meant.The Shadow of a Crime
Although he lived down at one of the mills he was counted as a townsman.
A priest now enters, and to him the townsman explains the dispute.German Culture Past and Present
Ernest Belfort Bax
The townsman said: "You are a good swimmer; are you as good at other sports as at this?"
The townsman said: "It may make some difference to know with whom you have been matched; why do you not ask?"
- an inhabitant of a town
- a person from the same town as oneself
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