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 (lô′măn′, -mən)
A law officer, such as a sheriff or marshal.


n, pl -men
(Professions) chiefly US an officer of the law, such as a policeman or sheriff


(ˈlɔˌmæn, -mən)

n., pl. -men (-ˌmɛn, -mən)
an officer of the law, as a sheriff or police officer.
[before 1000]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lawman - an officer of the lawlawman - an officer of the law    
defender, guardian, protector, shielder - a person who cares for persons or property
attorney general - the chief law officer of a country or state
border patrolman - someone who patrols the borders of a country
constable - a lawman with less authority and jurisdiction than a sheriff
deputy, deputy sheriff - someone authorized to exercise the powers of sheriff in emergencies
flatfoot, patrolman - a policeman who patrols a given region
gaoler, jailer, jailor, prison guard, screw, turnkey - someone who guards prisoners
police lieutenant, lieutenant - an officer in a police force
marshal, marshall - a law officer having duties similar to those of a sheriff in carrying out the judgments of a court of law
military policeman, MP - a member of the military police who polices soldiers and guards prisoners
narc, narcotics agent, nark - a lawman concerned with narcotics violations
police officer, policeman, officer - a member of a police force; "it was an accident, officer"
police sergeant, sergeant - a lawman with the rank of sergeant
sheriff - the principal law-enforcement officer in a county
solicitor general - a law officer appointed to assist an attorney general
Ranger, Texas Ranger - a member of the Texas state highway patrol; formerly a mounted lawman who maintained order on the frontier
warden - the chief official in charge of a prison
warder - a person who works in a prison and is in charge of prisoners


n pl <-men> (US) → Polizist m, → Sheriff m
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