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 CBS News flew with pilots and airmen from the Air Force's 305th Air Mobility wing out of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. Kris Van Cleave, CBS News, ""We're in this together": Inside the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels' mission to honor front-line workers," 1 May 2020 Agility Prime will partner with industry on a series of live-fly challenges starting with a virtual launch event from April 27 to May 1, bringing together companies, investors, and airmen from across the nation. Will Roper, Wired, "Flying Cars Could Take Off Soon, If We Let the Military Help," 27 Apr. 2020 More than 1,800 airmen from 23 different Air Force organizations that have space responsibilities may also soon join the force, Raymond told the Mitchell Institute this month. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "We have liftoff: Space Force gets its first cadets from the Air Force Academy as it charts the future of space ops," 17 Apr. 2020 As an Air Force recruiter — a competitive business — the hour-plus drive was only the start of busy days that saw him greet prospective airmen at their office near the base and at high schools, malls and career fairs. Sig Christenson,, "In age of coronavirus, Air Force recruiters in San Antonio and nationwide go digital," 13 Apr. 2020 Several Guard medics were sent today, and the Guard is prepared to send up to 30 soldiers and airmen to the prison. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "First Ohio prison inmate dies of coronavirus," 13 Apr. 2020 Like many civilian jobs around the world, keeping airmen at a distance has inspired a boom in telework. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Coronavirus Can’t Stop America’s Nukes," 1 Apr. 2020 While both airmen in one of the planes perished, the two men in the other aircraft were not hurt, Col. Ashley Boucher,, "2 Air Force Base Airmen Killed in 'Aircraft Mishap' During Training Mission in Oklahoma," 21 Nov. 2019 The airman, between 20 and 30 years old, is hospitalized and the soldier, a woman between 40 and 50 years old, is recovering at home, officials said. USA TODAY, "Ballet for seniors, Dr. Fauci bobblehead, Patriots’ plane ferries N95 masks: News from around our 50 states," 3 Apr. 2020

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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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26 May 2020

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“Airman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 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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