from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A man who is employed to stand guard or keep watch.

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  • n. A guard who keeps watch

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One set to watch; a person who keeps guard; a guard; a sentinel.
  • n. Specifically, one who guards a building, or the streets of a city, by night.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A person set to keep watch; specifically, a sentinel; a guard; one who guards the streets of a city by night; also, one set to keep guard, as over a building in the night, to protect it from fire or thieves.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a guard who keeps watch


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  • When a watchman is absent, or remiss, or bribed, the stream is turned out of its course, and every one helps himself or fills his cistern.

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  • One of the most important functions of the watchman is to be seen from the street with my evil looking dog.

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  • Approaching the garden wing, he called the watchman twice.

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  • But her daughter in a fright, called the watchman of the night,

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  • The landlady in a fright, calls the watchman of the night,

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  • I taught the night-yardman my call, so I could get half an hour's sleep now and then between trains, and in case the station was called the watchman would awaken me.

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  • The watchman is the perceptive faculty, which, gathering the various impressions of the five senses, conveys them to the King, the human soul.

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  • I taught the night yardman my call, so I could get half an hour's sleep now and then between trains, and in case the station was called the watchman was to wake me.

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  • He had but to call the watchman on its deck, and a small boat would come to him in

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  • The watchman was a fine-looking fellow: as we were returning from church, on Sunday, he had passed us, well-dressed and well-mounted, and as he raised his hat, to salute us, there was nothing in his manner or appearance, except his color, to distinguish him from a gentleman of good-breeding and fortune.

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