Definition of watchman in English:


Syllabification: watch·man
Pronunciation: /ˈwäCHmən

noun (plural watchmen)

  • 1A man employed to look after an empty building, especially at night.
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    • 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; sentry, guard, patrolman, lookout, sentinel, scout, watch
  • 1.1 historical A member of a body of people employed to keep watch in a town at night.
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    • 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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