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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Examples of serviceman in a Sentence

wishing our servicemen overseas the best of luck

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Harry was inspired after a visit to the 2013 Warrior Games, a competition for wounded servicemen organized by the U.S. Department of Defense. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Will Celebrate a Major Milestone at the 2018 Invictus Games," 19 Oct. 2018 After the incident, Donald Trump came under fire for mishandling the phone calls to the slain servicemen’s families. Britni Danielle,, "ISIS Releases Video Of Deadly Niger Ambush That Killed Sgt. La David Johnson, US Soldiers," 5 Mar. 2018 As well as watching the first day of the tennis, Middleton also met with servicemen at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club beforehand. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wore a Dolce & Gabbana Polka Dot Dress to Wimbledon," 3 July 2017 The exercise will involve 50,000 NATO servicemen and women, 150 aircraft, 65 ships, and 10,000 vehicles. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Carriers Are Operating in the Arctic Circle for the First Time in Decades," 22 Oct. 2018 Many more servicemen and -women return with injuries that, in the past, might have killed them. Lydia Woolever, Popular Mechanics, "How Families Are Taking Care of Wounded Veterans," 28 Nov. 2018 Months earlier, North Korea had sunk a South Korean naval vessel in waters nearby, killing 46 servicemen. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "Two Miles from North Korea, Islanders Brace for an Uneasy Peace," 3 Nov. 2018 Arguably, Hold the Dark’s real protagonist is Vernon Sloane, a grim and quiet veteran who’s introduced gunning down militants in Iraq with unbudging precision then murdering a fellow serviceman without ever changing expression. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Netflix’s Hold the Dark throws Jeffrey Wright to the wolves," 28 Sep. 2018 And so the attacks by off-the-clock military servicemen on these communities in 1943 presented the opportunity for blatant violence on zoot suiters. Mariana Gonzalez, Teen Vogue, "How the Zoot Suit Became a Symbol of Resistance for Mexican-American People," 21 Sep. 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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