airman

noun
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

Synonyms

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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Weather airmen’s forecasts help plan missions in hostile areas. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "AF recruiting squadron to seek — and keep — toughest airmen," 30 June 2018 Modern research in Japanese archives suggests that Japan in fact lost approximately 115 planes and 400 airmen to the Flying Tigers, against the AVG’s combat and accident losses of 86 planes and 26 pilots—more than 30% of its original manpower. Gregory Crouch, WSJ, "‘The Flying Tigers’ and ‘A Few Planes for China’ Review: Tigers Over a Rising Sun," 19 July 2018 The crash killed three airmen stationed at Mountain Home Air Force Base and a commercial-truck driver from New York state. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "Contractor herding traffic near fiery I-84 crash had safety plan. Here's what it said," 29 June 2018 Instructors here say the airmen’s minds also need calibration. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Is Changing How Special Ops Fighters Are Trained," 12 Feb. 2019 Two parachutes were seen deploying from the aircraft, indicating the airmen ejected prior to the crash, Col. Oriana Pawlyk, Fox News, "T-6 Texan trainer crashes in Texas; pilots eject safely," 18 Sep. 2018 The gear measures the human body’s performance—more specifically, the exertions of young airmen at the U.S. Air Force Special Warfare Training Wing. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "What Happened When I Trained With Air Force Human Performance Specialists," 12 Feb. 2019 The great strength of this account derives from Bodson’s visceral memory and grasp of the constant danger threatening would-be rescuers of downed Allied airmen in eastern Belgium. Megan Koreman, WSJ, "Five Best: Megan Koreman on the Cost of Courage Under Nazism," 25 Oct. 2018 But how to explain this is in a way that was easy for draftee airmen to quickly pick up? Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a World War II Training Cartoon Voiced by Mel Blanc," 8 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of airman

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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airman

noun

English Language Learners Definition of airman

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

airman

noun
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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