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[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.
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Origin of townsman

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

Usage note

See -man.
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Examples from the Web for townsman

Historical Examples

  • He asked a townsman standing near him what the tumult meant.

    The Shadow of a Crime

    Hall Caine

  • Although he lived down at one of the mills he was counted as a townsman.

  • A priest now enters, and to him the townsman explains the dispute.

  • The townsman said: "You are a good swimmer; are you as good at other sports as at this?"

  • The townsman said: "It may make some difference to know with whom you have been matched; why do you not ask?"

British Dictionary definitions for townsman


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