policeman

[ puh-lees-muh n ]
/ pəˈlis mən /

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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British Dictionary definitions for policeman

policeman

feminine policewoman

/ (pəˈliːsmən) /

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

policeman


n.

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

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Medicine definitions for policeman

policeman

[ pə-lēsmən ]

n.

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