noun Date: 15th century a person who keeps watch ; guard

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  • Watchman — Watch man, n.; pl. {Watchmen}. [1913 Webster] 1. One set to watch; a person who keeps guard; a guard; a sentinel. [1913 Webster] 2. Specifically, one who guards a building, or the streets of a city, by night. [1913 Webster] {Watchman beetle} (Zo[ …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Watchman — or Watchmen can refer to:*Security guard, a person who watches over and protects property, assets, or people *Watchmen (law enforcers), a more dated term from medieval times for those who watched and guarded * Watchmen , an acclaimed 1986 Alan… …   Wikipedia

  • watchman — index caretaker (one caring for property), guardian, warden Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • watchman — [watʃman] n. m. ÉTYM. 1743, trad. de Fielding, in Mackenzie; mot angl., de to watch « surveiller », et man. ❖ ♦ Anglic. Vx. Garde, veilleur de nuit, en Angleterre et, par ext., dans d autres pays …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • watchman — (n.) also watch man, c.1400, guard, sentinel, lookout (late 12c. as a surname), figuratively guardian, protector (mid 15c.), from WATCH (Cf. watch) (n.) + MAN (Cf. man) (n.). Also person characterized by wakefulness (mid 15c.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • watchman — ► NOUN 1) a man employed to look after an empty building, especially at night. 2) historical a member of a night watch …   English terms dictionary

  • watchman — [wäch′mən, wôch′mən] n. pl. watchmen [wächmən, wôch′mən] 1. Archaic a person whose duty was to guard or police the streets at night 2. a person hired to guard a building or other property against thieves, vandals, or trespassers, esp. at night …   English World dictionary

  • Watchman — Sony Watchman FD 210BE Watchman ist ein Warenzeichen von Sony für besonders kleine tragbare Fernsehgeräte ( Taschenfernseher ). Der erste Sony Watchman wurde unter der Modellbezeichnung FD 210 im Jahr 1982 vorgestellt. Das Gerät verfügt über eine …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • watchman — UK [ˈwɒtʃmən] / US [ˈwɑtʃmən] noun [countable] Word forms watchman : singular watchman plural watchmen a night watchman …   English dictionary

  • watchman —    In modern times used of a man who guards a building or complex of buildings, especially as a night watchman.    The word was originally used of a military sentry, then was applied to a constable of the watch, a man who before the Police Act of …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • watchman — n. a night watchman * * * [ wɒtʃmən] a night watchman …   Combinatory dictionary

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