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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Examples of airman in a Sentence

her father was an airman who was shot down in Vietnam
Recent Examples on the Web No airman has died of the disease, but one Air Force dependent and three civilians working on Air Force installations have. Sig Christenson,, "Testing more, the Air Force is seeing a coronavirus spike among basic trainees in San Antonio," 27 June 2020 Former airman Dean Allen Mellberg went on a shooting rampage at Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane, Washington, killing four people and wounding 22 others before being killed by a military police sharpshooter., "This day in history," 20 June 2020 Damon Gutzwiller and another unnamed deputy, but a fellow airman who served with Carrillo at Hill Air Force Base outside of Salt Lake City called his recent social media posts out of character. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: The unanswered questions in the killing of a Santa Cruz sheriff’s deputy," 9 June 2020 Families and friends of the new airmen had to watch it on the wing’s Facebook page. Sig Christenson,, "New Air Force training routine: COVID-19 quarantine in San Antonio," 19 Mar. 2020 The names of the airmen killed were not released, pending notification of next of kin. Staff Reports, USA TODAY, "Two pilots killed in training jet 'mishap' at Air Force Base in Oklahoma," 21 Nov. 2019 Rumsby's wife is the great niece of one of the deceased airmen. Michael Kunzelman,, "Virginia man pleads guilty in WWII dog tags theft in Maryland," 11 Nov. 2019 The story earned an article in the German newspaper, Aachener Zeitung — along with a list of the eight airmen’s names. Tad Vezner, Twin Cities, "Dutch townspeople have adopted American soldiers’ graves. A Minnesota woman is helping put faces to their names.," 11 Nov. 2019 The Air Force is honoring the famed group of airmen with the naming of its new trainer jet, the Boeing T-7A, The Opelika-Auburn News reported. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Tuskegee Airmen’s legacy to soar on new Air Force jet," 28 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of airman

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of airman was in 1873

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5 Jul 2020

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“Airman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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