[puh-lees-muh n]

noun, plural po·lice·men.

a member of a police force or body.
Ice Hockey. enforcer(def 4).

Origin of policeman

First recorded in 1795–1805; police + -man
Related formspo·lice·man·like, adjective

Usage note

See -man.
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Examples from the Web for policeman

Contemporary Examples of policeman

  • Even before the shootings, New York policeman were telling the Mayor not to attend their funerals.

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    GOP Won’t Forgive Rand for Cop Critique

    Lloyd Green

    December 23, 2014

  • Police say Myers charged at the policeman, they wrestled, and then he shot at least three bullets before his gun jammed.

  • Our Pashto interpreter explained how he had pretended to be a Pakistani policeman when interested crowds approached the compound.

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    I Shot Bin Laden

    Elliot Ackerman

    November 16, 2014

  • The policeman then commandeers the dashcammed car and orders the driver to chase down the perp.

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    Russian Dashcam Car Chase

    Alex Chancey, The Daily Beast Video

    October 9, 2014

  • And when a policeman rises to the top, you take care of your old buddies by turning a blind eye to their businesses.

Historical Examples of policeman

  • He was stopped by a policeman, who demanded, "Whose bag is that, Johnny?"

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • A policeman told me that he lived on this street, and that his name is Calkins.

  • I would dismiss every policeman at once, with thanks, if I were you.

  • I am not sure that Policeman Duffer would have recognized him.

  • The whole air of him, though he was in civilian's clothes, proclaimed the policeman.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

British Dictionary definitions for policeman


feminine policewoman

noun plural -men or -women

a member of a police force, esp one holding the rank of constableGender-neutral form: police officer
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Word Origin and History for policeman

1790, from police (n.) + man (n.).

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policeman in Medicine




An instrument, usually a rubber-tipped rod, for removing solid particles from a glass container.
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