[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 policemen

Contemporary Examples of policemen

Historical Examples of policemen

  • It was impossible to say what she knew, how deep she was involved with policemen and Embassies.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • "I'd hang them two policemen, if I did what I should like to do," responded Judith.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • As he thrust his way into the bush he glanced back at the two policemen.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • What were policemen doing in this country of range and sheriffs?

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

  • It was a humiliating surprise for the two policemen: they felt fooled.

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre

British Dictionary definitions for policemen


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 policemen



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

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policemen in Medicine




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