air·​man | \ ˈer-mən How to pronounce airman (audio) \
plural airmen

Definition of airman

1 : a civilian or military pilot, aviator, or aviation technician
2 : an enlisted person in the air force: such as
a : an enlisted person of one of the four ranks below sergeant
b : an enlisted person ranking above an airman basic and below an airman first class

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Synonyms for airman


aviator, birdman, flier (also flyer), pilot

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Examples of airman in a Sentence

her father was an airman who was shot down in Vietnam

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According to the Arizona state law, a person may not operate a model aircraft or a civil unmanned aircraft if the operation: Violates a temporary flight restriction or notice to airman that is issued by the federal aviation administration. Molly Hudson, azcentral, "Coconino National Forest incident latest reminder that drones, wildfires don't mix," 10 June 2019 Oakley Kelly, America's premier airmen, came home from New York yesterday in 26 hours, 50 minutes and 38 seconds., "May 4 1923: When it took 27 hours to fly nonstop from New York," 4 May 2018 Air Force investigators examined Curtis' background for clues -- interviewing other airmen, friends and family. Matt Goldfarb, CBS News, "Investigation of airman's brutal murder in Japan uncovers deception, fraud and witchcraft," 19 June 2019 The move was made after a former airman, Devin Kelly, gunned down 26 people at church services in Sutherland Spring, Texas, in 2017. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "FBI examining 2010 domestic fight involving acting defense secretary Shanahan; accounts differ on aggressor," 18 June 2019 Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum in Detroit, Michigan The Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, the first squadron of back military airmen, weren’t considered equals in the eyes of the law but that didn't stop them from defending the country. National Geographic, "13 destinations for African-American history and culture," 23 May 2019 More than half a million Allied airmen, soldiers and sailors invaded France that cold and blustery morning. Jeffrey A. Engel, Twin Cities, "Jeffrey Engel: The lesson of D-Day for Americans today," 6 June 2019 The airmen completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. C.r. Walker, Daily Southtown, "Southtowners: Student from Worth recognized by Illinois Geographical Society, more," 4 June 2019 The Air Force has more than 8,000 airmen, the Navy as many as 1,000 sailors and the Marine Corps around 200 Marines. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, "Pentagon bases about 28,000 U.S. troops in South Korea," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of airman

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of airman

: a member of the air force with a rank below that of sergeant


air·​man | \ ˈer-mən How to pronounce airman (audio) \
plural airmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of airman

1 : an enlisted person in the air force in one of the ranks below sergeant

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