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lawman

[law-man, -muh n] /ˈlɔˌmæn, -mən/
noun, plural lawmen
[law-men, -muh n] /ˈlɔˌmɛn, -mən/ (Show IPA)
1.
an officer of the law, as a sheriff or police officer.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English laweman, earlier lageman, Old English lahmann. See law1, -man
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British Dictionary definitions for lawmen

lawman

/ˈlɔːmən/
noun (pl) -men
1.
(mainly US) an officer of the law, such as a policeman or sheriff
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Word Origin and History for lawmen

lawman

n.

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

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