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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [woch-muh n]
    • /ˈwɒtʃ mən/
    • /ˈwɒtʃ.mən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [woch-muh n]
    • /ˈwɒtʃ mən/

Definitions of watchmen word

  • noun plural watchmen a person who keeps guard over a building at night, to protect it from fire, vandals, or thieves. 1
  • noun plural watchmen (formerly) a person who guards or patrols the streets at night. 1
  • noun watchmen Plural form of watchman. 1
  • noun watchmen plural of watchman. 0

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Origin of watchmen

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
late Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at watch, man1

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Parts of speech for Watchmen


watchmen popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 78% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

watchmen usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for watchmen

noun watchmen

  • guards — to keep safe from harm or danger; protect; watch over: to guard the ruler.
  • custodians — Plural form of custodian.
  • caretakers — Plural form of caretaker.
  • policemen — a member of a police force or body.
  • wardens — Plural form of warden.

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