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[law-man, -muh n] /ˈlɔˌmæn, -mən/
noun, plural lawmen
[law-men, -muh n] /ˈlɔˌmɛn, -mən/ (Show IPA)
an officer of the law, as a sheriff or police officer.
Origin of lawman
before 1000; Middle English laweman, earlier lageman, Old English lahmann. See law1, -man


[law-muh n] /ˈlɔ mən/
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  • "Nevertheless, I should like much to know what he paid for it," said the lawman.

    The Vinland Champions Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
  • Blacktooth sat in his booth and by him sat Gizur his son the lawman.

    Eric Brighteyes H. Rider Haggard
  • No lawman from Canada to Mexico will even stay in the same town with me!

    The Draw Jerome Bixby
  • It has happened that the lawman also has seen the Skraellings!

    The Vinland Champions Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
  • But when the noise and cry was abated, the lawman bade any man who would put forth another name.

    The Sundering Flood William Morris
  • "Now that is a strange way to speak of the lawman," he remarked.

    The Vinland Champions Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
  • The lawman, Thorkel, was summoned to decide to whom the whale belonged, and came to view it.

British Dictionary definitions for lawman


noun (pl) -men
(mainly US) an officer of the law, such as a policeman or sheriff
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lawman

1530s, "lawyer," from law + man (n.). Meaning "law-enforcement officer" is from 1865. There is an Anglo-Latin lagamannus "magistrate" from early 12c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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