yeo·​man | \ ˈyō-mən How to pronounce yeoman (audio) \

Definition of yeoman

1a : an attendant or officer in a royal or noble household
b : a person attending or assisting another : retainer
d : a naval petty officer who performs clerical duties
2a : a person who owns and cultivates a small farm specifically : one belonging to a class of English freeholders below the gentry
b : a person of the social rank of yeoman
3 : one that performs great and loyal service did a yeoman's job in seeing the program through

Examples of yeoman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Chamber of Commerce dream demographic for new Angelenos was hale, white, middle- and yeoman-class Americans. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2022 None of this is to say that The Sandman is a disaster, or without any merit; the cast is almost uniformly wonderful and doing yeoman work that nearly always makes up for shortcomings in the writing. WIRED, 24 Aug. 2022 And the corners did much of the yeoman work, all while wearing padded mitts on their hands to boot. Karen Guregian, Hartford Courant, 31 July 2022 But Alaina Gerrits, the DNR's former assistant upland ecologist and current Vilas County wildlife biologist, did a yeoman's job over the last 10 months to lead the effort to come up with a draft plan. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 23 June 2022 Putin has received valuable diplomatic support from Xi, and from Beijing’s perspective, Moscow is doing yeoman’s work in pushing back democracy. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, 9 Mar. 2022 To this day, by contrast, activists continue performing their yeoman's service, working to improve the lives of people in the economic wastelands of the South and the Rust Belt. Kevin Morrow, The Week, 28 Feb. 2022 Jefferson’s dream of an America of yeoman farmers tilling the soil like Cincinnatus in retirement, Novak recognized, contrasted sharply with Hamilton’s America of bustling urban industries and dynamic financial markets. Samuel Gregg, National Review, 17 Feb. 2022 From that moment on, Alphabet was less of a goofball and more of a yeoman, determined to win. Susan Orlean, The New Yorker, 8 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of yeoman

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for yeoman

Middle English yoman, yeman

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“Yeoman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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yeo·​man | \ ˈyō-mən How to pronounce yeoman (audio) \
plural yeomen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of yeoman

1 : a petty officer in the navy who works as a clerk
2 : a person who owns and cultivates a small farm

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