noun, plural watch·men.
Origin of watchman
Examples from the Web for watchmen
The body lay in an aboveground marble sarcophagus guarded by no groundskeepers or watchmen, just one lonely padlock.Invasion of the Celebrity Body Snatchers, From Charlie Chaplin to Casey Kasem|Melissa Leon|July 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And in doing so, Ghostery gives you the ability to go dark—or at least helps you watch the watchmen.Surf Better With These 9 Killer Google Chrome Extensions|Brian Ries|December 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“They are the watchmen,” said Dave Zirin, author of Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down.Deadspin Rides Manti Te’o Hoax Story to Renown—and Keeps Heat on ESPN|David Freedlander|February 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The first is that fully realizing the power and value of the Watchmen brand and characters requires leaving them alone.
Is DC Comics' Watchmen reboot an insult to the comic's creator, and the company's canon?
We are approaching the warehouse now and we must not 23let the watchmen see us.Billy Whiskers' Adventures|Frances Trego Montgomery
He then begins to bray, arouses the watchmen, and receives a sound drubbing.A History of Sanskrit Literature|Arthur A. MacDonell
He engaged 193two watchmen who were mechanics as well and then he kept watch over his watchmen.Shadow Mountain|Dane Coolidge
At this moment my men are in the uniforms of the watchmen, and doing their work.The Black Star|Johnston McCulley
They are Nature's watchmen—links which connect the days of animated life.Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience|Henry David Thoreau
noun plural -men
also watch-man, c.1400, "guard, sentinel, lookout" (late 12c. as a surname), figuratively "guardian, protector" (mid-15c.), from watch (n.) + man (n.). Also "person characterized by wakefulness" (mid-15c.).