- any policeman or policewoman; patrolman or patrolwoman.
- a person having officer rank on a police force.
Origin of police officer
First recorded in 1790–1800
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Examples from the Web for police officer
A police-officer with eight men forced a way through the crowd.The Red Hand of Ulster
George A. Birmingham
I started up, believing that a police-officer was about to seize me.Fred Markham in Russia
W. H. G. Kingston
In about an hour and a half we were boarded by a police-officer.Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber
James Aitken Wylie
Presently Captain Caldwell returned with a police-officer and two men.The Beth Book
And one of the men was a police-officer, sent here, doing his duty.The Exiles of Faloo
- a member of a police force, esp a constable; policemanOften (esp as form of address) shortened to: officer