[law-man, -muh n]

noun, plural law·men [law-men, -muh n] /ˈlɔˌmɛn, -mən/.

an officer of the law, as a sheriff or police officer.

Origin of lawman

before 1000; Middle English laweman, earlier lageman, Old English lahmann. See law1, -man


[law-muh n]

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noun plural -men

mainly US an officer of the law, such as a policeman or sheriff
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Word Origin and History for lawman

1530s, "lawyer," from law + man (n.). Meaning "law-enforcement officer" is from 1865. There is an Anglo-Latin lagamannus "magistrate" from early 12c.

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