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Meaning of watchman

watch•man

Pronunciation: (woch'mun), [key]
— pl. -men.
  1. a person who keeps guard over a building at night, to protect it from fire, vandals, or thieves.
  2. (formerly) a person who guards or patrols the streets at night.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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