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[puh-lees-muh n]
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noun, plural po·lice·men.
  1. a member of a police force or body.
  2. Ice Hockey. enforcer(def 4).
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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

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Historical Examples

  • 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
  1. 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


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