[tounz-muh n]
noun, plural towns·men.
  1. a native or inhabitant of a town.
  2. a native or inhabitant of one's own or the same town.
  3. (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

See -man. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -men
  1. an inhabitant of a town
  2. a person from the same town as oneself
Derived Formstownswoman, fem n
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