ser·vice·man | \ ˈsər-vəs-ˌman , -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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Synonyms & Antonyms for serviceman


dogface, fighter, legionary, legionnaire, man-at-arms, regular, soldier, warrior



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Examples of serviceman in a Sentence

wishing our servicemen overseas the best of luck

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From 1996 to 2005, the U.S. and North Korean military conducted 33 joint investigations to recover the remains of U.S. servicemen. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "North Korea Expected to Transfer War Remains Soon," 20 June 2018 Though its roots are older still, the main impetus for the American Plan (so named to distinguish it from similarly repressive European plans) was the desire to protect US servicemen in World War I from diseases allegedly spread by prostitutes. Julia M. Klein,, "When America imprisoned ‘promiscuous’ women," 23 May 2018 Altogether, the Pearl Harbor attack killed nearly 2,400 U.S. servicemen. Washington Post, "Sailors honor Pearl Harbor survivor during one last visit," 21 June 2018 Nineteen months ago, copier serviceman Bill Guernsey was in the middle of a trip to several villages along the Kuskokwim River when his plane crashed into the river ice on takeoff from Upper Kalskag. Anne Raup, Anchorage Daily News, "Rocket Man: Bill Guernsey and his Atomic Camper," 28 Sep. 2016 Following in the footsteps of her predecessor, Michelle Obama, Melania attended the Invictus Games in Toronto, an Olympics-style international competition for wounded servicemen and women. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "A Brief History of Donald Trump’s Controversial Interactions with the British Royal Family," 9 July 2018 Hundreds of servicemen fell ill, and many died of cancer and radiation sickness in the years following the accident. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Chernobyl is Turning Into a Wildlife Preserve for Wolves," 1 July 2018 Prince Harry founded the Invictus Game, a sporting event for wounded or sick servicemen and veterans, in 2014. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Meghan and Harry to tour Australia and New Zealand," 11 June 2018 Those who support this rule say that taking a knee is disrespectful to our servicemen and women. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Opinion: The NFL's new national anthem policy enslaves black players and fans," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of serviceman

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \
plural servicemen\-ˌmen \

Kids Definition of serviceman

: a man who is a member of the armed forces

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