Definition of watchman in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwäCHmən/

noun (plural watchmen)

1A man employed to look after an empty building, especially at night.
Example sentences
  • The fences and barriers, speed bumps and empty watchmen's huts are the trappings of wealth, the buffers of avarice.
  • The watchman from the previous night caught my eyes and I knew that brushing it off as a simple misunderstanding wasn't a possibility.
  • For a moment I wondered if he secretly worked night shift as a watchman.
security guard, custodian, warden;
1.1 historical A member of a body of people employed to keep watch in a town at night.
Example sentences
  • During the night, watchmen in the town watched lights flicker all over the mountain in the distance.
  • If you stay long enough, you will hear mournful strains from a lone bugle - it is played every hour in memory of the watchman whose trumpeted warning of an invasion was silenced by a Turkish arrow.
  • Several of the watchmen came down from the towers to confer with the king and his knights inside the castle.

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Syllabification: watch·man

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