ser·​vice·​man | \ ˈsər-vəs-ˌman How to pronounce serviceman (audio) , -mən \

Definition of serviceman

1 : a male member of the armed forces
2 : a man employed to repair or maintain equipment
3 : a gas station attendant

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Examples of serviceman in a Sentence

wishing our servicemen overseas the best of luck
Recent Examples on the Web The plan was developed after the 1995 rape of a schoolgirl for which three U.S. servicemen were convicted, reigniting simmering Okinawan opposition to the U.S. bases. Washington Post, "Okinawa gov. renews demand to stop US base relocation plan," 26 Dec. 2019 Russia’s Defense Ministry on Tuesday confirmed the U.S. servicemen had left two bases close to the city. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, "A race for control of Syria’s Manbij, with the U.S. nowhere in sight," 15 Oct. 2019 In the Vietnam War, 61% of the U.S. servicemen killed in action were younger than 21. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Fix the message on weapons; Too old to be a kid; This generation’s mission; A place of honor; Colfax commitment (9/26/19)," 26 Sep. 2019 The company had a contract to fly U.S. servicemen into Vietnam and to bring troops home after their tours were complete. Jason Fagone,, "Vietnam-era airline crews carry memories of the men they flew to, from war," 25 Sep. 2019 Housing and cost-of-living benefits for the families of servicemen and servicewomen are also a unique draw of service. Jeannette Hinkle, azcentral, "U.S. Army pushes to boost recruiting in Phoenix amid its enlistment crisis," 26 Aug. 2019 All of the letters were sent to servicemen and women serving in the armed forces. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Volunteers needed to aid Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corp. with holiday food program: A Place in the Sun," 10 Dec. 2019 Each store had a list of items ranging from candy, soap, razors and paperback books which could be purchased as gifts to servicemen in Vietnam. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "'Cut Price Drugs': Remembering Haag Drug, your neighborhood pharmacy," 22 Nov. 2019 Department of Veterans Affairs officials and state representatives also urged veterans and their family members to take advantage of resources available to servicemen and women and their families. Dana Ferguson, Twin Cities, "MN officials highlight veterans’ sacrifices, promise their support at Veterans Day event," 11 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of serviceman

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Jan 2020

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“Serviceman.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of serviceman

: a man who is a member of the military


ser·​vice·​man | \ ˈsər-vəs-ˌman How to pronounce serviceman (audio) \
plural servicemen\ -​ˌmen \

Kids Definition of serviceman

: a man who is a member of the armed forces

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