[flag-muh n]

noun, plural flag·men.

a person who signals with a flag or lantern, as at a railroad crossing.
a person who has charge of or carries a flag.

Origin of flagman

First recorded in 1660–70; flag1 + -man
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Examples from the Web for flagman

Historical Examples of flagman

  • In the aisle near the forward door she encountered the flagman.

    Sundry Accounts

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • He passed the flagman, going like a brunet typhoon ten days overdue.

    Lady Luck

    Hugh Wiley

  • A flagman shouted something at them as they passed a switch.

    Ralph on the Engine

    Allen Chapman

  • If the flagman swings it he runs a big risk of blowing it out.

  • He remembered Casey, the flagman, but probably there were many Caseys in that camp.

British Dictionary definitions for flagman


noun plural -men

a person who has charge of, carries, or signals with a flag, esp a railway employee
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