air·man | \ -mən \

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 three 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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The tests were not conceived with input from A-10 pilots, Air Force Joint Terminal Attack Controllers, the airmen who call in air strikes and air support, or the Army and Marines. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Long Awaited A-10 vs.-F-35 Flyoff Is Off to a Sketchy Start," 11 July 2018 If things go well, fewer airmen will fail, saving time and money. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "AF recruiting squadron to seek — and keep — toughest airmen," 30 June 2018 During one recent shift, the entire Global Positioning System was being operated by two 19-year-old airmen (who, the Air Force emphasizes, are rigorously trained). Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "The New Arms Race Threatening to Explode in Space," 26 June 2018 Four days after a fiery crash on Interstate 84 that killed four people, Mountain Home Air Force Base officials have identified three of the victims as local airmen. Nicole Blanchard, idahostatesman, "Mountain Home Air Force Base IDs 3 airmen killed in I-84 crash," 20 June 2018 In addition to the meet-and-greet with Rossi, Carr will distribute tickets to a variety of Indianapolis 500 events to the soldiers and airmen, which include opportunities to ride in the pace car, wave the green flag at an event and other tickets. Andrew Hussey, Indianapolis Star, "Alexander Rossi appreciates opportunity to thank military veterans," 14 May 2018 On June 28, the U.S. military’s Indo-Pacific Command deployed 36 personnel based in nearby Okinawa, including airmen from 353rd Special Operations Group and the 31st Rescue Squadron. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "How the U.S. Military Helped Support the Thai Cave Rescue," 11 July 2018 Nobody knows better than our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines how important exercising the military is to the chances of victory. James Stavridis, Time, "I Was a Navy Admiral. Here's Why Ending 'War Games' With South Korea Would Be a Grave Mistake," 12 June 2018 Of the 30 aircraft that Project Recover has found so far, 27 are associated with 113 missing service members, and the remains of five airmen have been repatriated. Mike Ives, New York Times, "A World War II Mystery Is Solved, and Emotions Flood In," 28 May 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 \
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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