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).

Nearby words

  1. police procedural,
  2. police reporter,
  3. police state,
  4. police station,
  5. police village,
  6. policeman's helmet,
  7. policeperson,
  8. policewoman,
  9. polichinelle,
  10. policier

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 policemen

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 policemen

policeman

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for policemen

policeman

[ pə-lēsmən ]

n.

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

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