Meaning of “policeman” in the English Dictionary

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"policeman" in British English

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policemannoun [ C ]

uk /pəˈliːs.mən/ us /pəˈliːs.mən/ plural -men /-mən/


  • The youths scuffled with the policeman, then escaped down the lane.
  • The policeman walked along the street, shining a torch into every car.
  • The traffic lights were out of order, but there was a policeman directing the traffic.
  • "And where do you think you're going?" demanded the policeman.
  • He said that two policemen assaulted him while he was in custody.

Examples from literature

  • Duke (on the left) was the sheriff, or head policeman, of Honolulu. 

(Definition of “policeman” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)