[ tounz-muh n ]
/ ˈtaʊnz mən /

noun, plural towns·men.

a native or inhabitant of a town.
a native or inhabitant of one's own or the same town.
(in New England) a selectman.

Origin of townsman

before 1000; Middle English; Old English tūnesman fellow member of a township. See town, 's1, man1

usage note for townsman

See -man. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for townsman

/ (ˈtaʊnzmən) /

noun plural -men

an inhabitant of a town
a person from the same town as oneself

Derived forms of townsman

townswoman, fem n
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