Definition of townsman in US English:



  • A male resident of a particular town or city.

    ‘a townsman of Bury’
    ‘two foresters had attempted to arrest a townsman’
    • ‘In any case, townsmen were loathe to serve in parliament, no matter what the pay.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This placed an onerous tax burden on townsmen (taxation had been extended beyond burgesses to resident non-burgesses).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Towns and townsmen were part of this relationship of mutual interest and service which historians have unflatteringly dubbed ‘bastard feudalism’.’
    • ‘Apparently one bold townsman had swum out to push the remaining crates together.’
    • ‘In a celebrated passage the thirteenth-century French jurist Beaumanoir attributed servile status to anyone below the category of privileged townsman.’
    • ‘A royal charter of 1447 was acquired by the townsmen in order to try to overcome local disputes.’
    • ‘Howe is an easterner and a city dweller, not a townsman.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As another townsman observes, ‘That Baptiste is some fellow’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Old man, the orchard keeper you work for is no townsman.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    inhabitant, local
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