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[puh-trohl-muh n]
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noun, plural pa·trol·men.
  1. a police officer who is assigned to patrol a specific district, route, etc.
  2. a person who patrols.
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Origin of patrolman

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

Usage note

See -man.
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Related Words for patrolman

policewoman, constable, detective, cop, force, corps, bobby, badge, patrol, blue, bear, heat, officer, bluecoat, police, law, fed, gendarme, flatfoot, copper

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Contemporary Examples of patrolman

Historical Examples of patrolman

  • Finally the patrolman announced one morning that there was no other way out of it.

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo)

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

  • The patrolman says that he has seen no light in the house since the family sailed for Africa.

    The Lure of the Mask

    Harold MacGrath

  • There was no time now to seek out the patrolman on the post; the job must be all his.

    From Place to Place

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • During that time, he'd expected the sound of shots from the patrolman's gun.

    Ten From Infinity

    Paul W. Fairman

  • "Got some kid back in the tank, or somewhere," the patrolman said.

    Out Like a Light

    Gordon Randall Garrett

British Dictionary definitions for patrolman


noun plural -men
  1. mainly US a man, esp a policeman, who patrols a certain area
  2. British a man employed to patrol an area to help motorists in difficulty
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Word Origin and History for patrolman


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

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