Definition of townsman in English:



  • A male resident of a particular town or city (often used to contrast with a visitor or a person living in the country):

    ‘a townsman of Bury’
    ‘two foresters had attempted to arrest a townsman’
    • ‘This placed an onerous tax burden on townsmen (taxation had been extended beyond burgesses to resident non-burgesses).’
    • ‘In any case, townsmen were loathe to serve in parliament, no matter what the pay.’
    • ‘But in the bocage country of the west, where the new local authorities were townsmen already disliked for having done too well out of the Revolution, priests preferred solidarity with their parishioners.’
    • ‘This will be developed during the next few years and an educational spin-off will be created so that local children can research and find out about the great sacrifices made by the townsmen and women.’
    • ‘Not a lot was happening up front for the townsmen.’
    • ‘Economy Since Maldon's residents owned very little agricultural land at the time of Domesday, it does not seem that most townsmen earned a living from farming.’
    • ‘Towns and townsmen were part of this relationship of mutual interest and service which historians have unflatteringly dubbed ‘bastard feudalism’.’
    • ‘A royal charter of 1447 was acquired by the townsmen in order to try to overcome local disputes.’
    • ‘Park and his partner continue to thuggishly interrogate the local townsmen, attempting to pin the crime on the local town dunce, while Seo formulates a plan to outthink the serial killer using logic and intuitive deduction.’
    • ‘Howe is an easterner and a city dweller, not a townsman.’
    inhabitant, local
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