watchman

[ woch-muhn ]
/ ˈwɒtʃ mən /

noun, plural watch·men.

a person who keeps guard over a building at night, to protect it from fire, vandals, or thieves.
(formerly) a person who guards or patrols the streets at night.

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Origin of watchman

late Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at watch, man

OTHER WORDS FROM watchman

watch·man·ly, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for watchman

watchman
/ (ˈwɒtʃmən) /

noun plural -men

a person employed to guard buildings or property
(formerly) a man employed to patrol or guard the streets at night
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