patrolman

[ puh-trohl-muh n ]
/ pəˈtroʊl mən /

noun, plural pa·trol·men.

a police officer who is assigned to patrol a specific district, route, etc.
a person who patrols.

Origin of patrolman

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50; patrol + -man

Usage note

See -man.
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British Dictionary definitions for patrolman

patrolman

/ (pəˈtrəʊlmən) /

noun plural -men

mainly US a man, esp a policeman, who patrols a certain area
British a man employed to patrol an area to help motorists in difficulty
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Word Origin and History for patrolman

patrolman


n.

"police constable on a particular beat," 1841, from patrol (n.) + man (n.).

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