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

Examples of serviceman in a Sentence

wishing our servicemen overseas the best of luck
Recent Examples on the Web William Tell is a gambler and former serviceman who sets out to reform a young man seeking revenge on a mutual enemy from their past. Travis Bean, Forbes, 10 June 2022 Explain that your son is a serviceman away for a period of time and that the dog has been well behaved in the past. Ronda Kaysen, New York Times, 14 May 2022 My mom met my dad, an American serviceman stationed in Germany. Terry Pluto, cleveland, 7 May 2022 Personnel for the Texas Military Department, Texas Department of Public Safety and Border Patrol all joined in searching for the serviceman, the National Guard said. NBC News, 22 Apr. 2022 Ukraine’s military said two Ukrainian soldiers were killed over the weekend, and another serviceman was wounded Monday. Vladimir Isachenkov, Yuras Karmanau And Lorne Cook, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Feb. 2022 An Ukrainian military serviceman on the front line in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. James Marson, WSJ, 12 Jan. 2022 Four of the serviceman’s fellow Marines witnessed the altercation and ran over to intervene. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Mar. 2022 In Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, set in World War II, an American serviceman called Milo Minderbinder creates a syndicate in which all the other servicemen have a share, buying food around the world. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 10 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of serviceman

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for serviceman

service entry 1 + man entry 1

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13 Jun 2022

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“Serviceman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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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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