noun, plural lines·men.
- an official, as in tennis and soccer, who assists the referee.
- Football. an official who marks the distances gained and lost in the progress of play and otherwise assists the referee and field judge.
- Ice Hockey. either of two officials who assist the referee by watching for icing, offside, and substitution violations and fouls and by conducting face-offs.
Examples from the Web for linesman
Frank Lampard should have had a second for the Three Lions, but it was wrongfully disallowed by the linesman.
Why, youyouLook here, dont you know anything about the duties of a linesman?Center Rush Rowland|Ralph Henry Barbour
Lashed to a ring-bolt was a little, red-breeched French linesman, apparently dead.A Gallant Grenadier|F.S. Brereton
His command consisted of five riflemen, a telephonist, a linesman, and two stretcher-bearers.Canada in Flanders, Volume II (of 3)|Lord Max Aitken Beaverbrook
British Dictionary definitions for linesman
noun plural -men
Word Origin and History for linesman
1856, "soldier in a regiment of the line," from genitive of line (n.) + man (n.). Sports sense, in reference to umpires with specific duties in games with lines (originally tennis, also ice hockey) is from 1890.