Definition of townsman in English:

townsman

noun

  • A male resident of a particular town or city.

    • ‘Van Mander characterized Lucas van Leyden, Rembrandt's most famous townsman, after whose self-portrait Rembrandt modeled his own, as the great master driven by lust.’
    • ‘In a celebrated passage the thirteenth-century French jurist Beaumanoir attributed servile status to anyone below the category of privileged townsman.’
    • ‘As another townsman observes, ‘That Baptiste is some fellow’.’
    • ‘The narrator meets Ethan when the man who drives him to the local train station is unable to take him and another townsman suggests that the narrator ask Ethan to drive.’
    • ‘As far as the Royalists were concerned, the typical Parliamentarian was a ‘base mechanic’: a low-born, lumpen townsman, inexperienced in judgment and inelegant in appearance.’
    • ‘Old man, the orchard keeper you work for is no townsman.’
    • ‘But your major characters are a dumb, vain young king; a big, dumb townsman; a huge, dumb, evil sidekick who likes to cook; and one evil old bag who seems to have escaped from a natural history museum.’
    • ‘His father Hugh, a merchant who dealt in victuals (sometimes on behalf of the king), had been mayor in 1342/43 and co-owned a ship with his brother Henry, a slightly less prominent townsman; both succumbed to the first outbreak of plague.’
    • ‘In the 1490s, a wealthy Stratford townsman, Hugh Clopton, had made sure the routes to the south remained passable throughout the year by paying for the construction of the fine stone bridge that still spans the river.’
    • ‘The bailiffs shall register the surety in the common roll of the town, so that every townsman damaged by the deceiving purchaser may recover [losses] against him and his surety.’
    • ‘The Greyfriars, or Friars Minor, were established in Ipswich early in the reign of Edward I; in 1284 townsman Robert de Orford bequeathed them a small sum of money.’
    • ‘Apparently one bold townsman had swum out to push the remaining crates together.’
    inhabitant, local
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Pronunciation:

townsman

/ˈtounzmən/