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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Up to 200 sets of remains belonging to American servicemen are expected to be transferred from North Korea to the U.N. command in South Korea in the next few days, two U.S. defense officials confirmed to Fox News. Fox News, "North Korea to send US remains of up to 200 American service members, officials say," 19 June 2018 Special tribute was paid to the six servicemen with Maryland ties who died in 2017, and attendees learned not just their names but a personal fact about them all: Staff Sgt. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "Fallen service members remembered at Memorial Day service at Dulaney Valley," 28 May 2018 He was killed a year and a half ago in Syria, the first American serviceman to be killed there. David (cnet) Martin, CBS News, "Gold Star families carry on the legacy of loved ones by helping others," 10 Apr. 2018 The attack was stopped almost immediately by the extraordinary actions of two vacationing American servicemen (Spencer Stone and Alek Skarlatos) and their buddy Anthony Sadler — the subjects and stars of Eastwood’s new movie. Gary Thompson,, "After you've lived through a terrorist attack, what's it like to watch it on screen?," 7 Feb. 2018 Kim Jong-un gave his word that the remains of U.S. servicemen killed in Korea would be sent home. Fox News, "Scaramucci on Trump's Supreme Court pick, WH staff rumors," 30 June 2018 Members host several events a year to honor servicemen and women. Erin Sauder, Elgin Courier-News, "Purple Heart recipients invited to picnic being organized by True Patriots Care," 13 July 2018 Memorial Day Parade Honors Fallen Military The ceremony that followed Putnam's Memorial Day parade focused on the true meaning of the holiday: honoring those servicemen and women killed while serving their country. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Memorial Day Parade Honors Fallen Military," 4 June 2018 The Prince of Wales was out of the country at the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial in France yesterday commemorating Anzac Day, which celebrates Australia's and New Zealand's servicemen and servicewomen. Megan Decker, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Would You Name the Royal Baby?," 26 Apr. 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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