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[tounz-muh n] /ˈtaʊnz mən/
noun, plural townsmen.
a native or inhabitant of a town.
a native or inhabitant of one's own or the same town.
(in New England) a selectman.
Origin of townsman
before 1000; Middle English; Old English tūnesman fellow member of a township. See town, 's1, man1
Usage note
See -man. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He was a Mr. Kirk, a townsman of St. Andrews and a fine golfer.

    Fifty Years of Golf Horace G. Hutchinson
  • He asked a townsman standing near him what the tumult meant.

  • Simple fare, these charms might seem to a townsman: to the "good grey poet" they were not only sufficient but inexhaustible.

    A Day with Walt Whitman Maurice Clare
  • Although he lived down at one of the mills he was counted as a townsman.

  • An abandoned rush must be as melancholy a sight to a miner as a deserted city to a townsman.

    A Boy's Voyage Round the World The Son of Samuel Smiles
  • The townsman said: "You are a good swimmer; are you as good at other sports as at this?"

    Epic and Romance W. P. Ker
  • (Perhaps, as a townsman, he is unwilling to be more particular).

  • The townsman said: "It may make some difference to know with whom you have been matched; why do you not ask?"

    Epic and Romance W. P. Ker
  • In positive attainments of conscience, virtue, and vice, the townsman shows considerable advance.

    The Evolution of Modern Capitalism John Atkinson Hobson
  • The fjelds furnish a recreation-ground for the Norwegian townsman.

    Peeps at Many Lands: Norway A.F. Mockler-Ferryman
British Dictionary definitions for townsman


noun (pl) -men
an inhabitant of a town
a person from the same town as oneself
Derived Forms
townswoman, noun:feminine
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