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[puh-lees-muh n] /pəˈlis mən/
noun, plural policemen.
a member of a police force or body.
Ice Hockey. enforcer (def 4).
Origin of policeman
1795-1805; police + -man
Related forms
policemanlike, adjective
Usage note
See -man. Unabridged
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  • But in reality she would as soon have thought of breaking into society as of attacking twelve policemen with a carving knife.

    Gargoyles Ben Hecht
  • We set hundreds of policemen to restore order, but order is not restored.

    The Story of the Outlaw Emerson Hough
  • When the door was locked, we saw for the first time why the policemen had been so timid.

    In Indian Mexico (1908) Frederick Starr
  • Thus the policemen are, in many ways, the stranger's friends.

    Rollo in London Jacob Abbott
  • You and I and a couple of policemen will go down to that house in Geneva Square—by the front, sir, by the front.

    The Silent House Fergus Hume
British Dictionary definitions for policemen


noun (pl) -men, -women
a member of a police force, esp one holding the rank of constable Gender-neutral form police officer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for policemen



1790, from police (n.) + man (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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policemen in Medicine

policeman po·lice·man (pə-lēs'mən)
An instrument, usually a rubber-tipped rod, for removing solid particles from a glass container.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for policemen



enforcer: You had to bring in somebody who was as tough, or brutal, as they were. The kind of terminology for this role in hockey was ''policeman'' (1980s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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