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watchman

[woch-muh n] /ˈwɒtʃ mən/
noun, plural watchmen.
1.
a person who keeps guard over a building at night, to protect it from fire, vandals, or thieves.
2.
(formerly) a person who guards or patrols the streets at night.
Origin
late Middle English
1350-1400
1350-1400; late Middle English; see watch, man1
Related forms
watchmanly, adjective
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Examples for watchman
  • The watchman was fitted out with a helmet, gorget and a cloak.
  • We have likened the dream to the night watchman or sleep-defender who wishes to protect our sleep from being disturbed.
  • He first imposed law and order, restoring the state to its role as night-watchman rather than rogue.
  • Surprised, the night watchman ran to a boxcar for shelter.
  • Contributing to the accident was the watchman's failure to recognize that he was poorly positioned to perform his duties.
  • At night, a watchman would sit in the tower, ready to sound the alarm if he spotted a fire.
British Dictionary definitions for watchman

watchman

/ˈwɒtʃmən/
noun (pl) -men
1.
a person employed to guard buildings or property
2.
(formerly) a man employed to patrol or guard the streets at night
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