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[law-man, -muh n] /ˈlɔˌmæn, -mən/

noun, plural lawmen
[law-men, -muh n] /ˈlɔˌmɛn, -mən/ (Show IPA)
an officer of the law, as a sheriff or police officer.
[law-muh n] /ˈlɔ mən/
noun (pl) -men
(mainly US) an officer of the law, such as a policeman or sheriff

1530s, “lawyer,” from law + man (n.). Meaning “law-enforcement officer” is from 1865. There is an Anglo-Latin lagamannus “magistrate” from early 12c.


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