yeoman

noun

yeo·​man ˈyō-mən How to pronounce yeoman (audio)
1
a
: 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
2
a
: 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 Francis Fritz also joined the Navy when the war came and served as a yeoman. Steve Bowersox, Baltimore Sun, 6 July 2024 The Hornets have a yeoman’s job ahead of them to stop the rim shots whenever their team name is uttered, and must find a way to establish a new, exciting reality. Roderick Boone, Charlotte Observer, 5 June 2024 The two men on the state flag are a sailor holding a coil of rope and yeoman resting on a pick, according to the Wisconsin Blue Book. Hope Karnopp, Journal Sentinel, 30 May 2024 Everyone popping up here is doing yeoman’s work, especially a supporting turn from Brian Fiddyment as an overzealous bartender. Graham Techler, Vulture, 29 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for yeoman 

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English yoman, yeman

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of yeoman was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Yeoman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yeoman. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

yeoman

noun
yeo·​man ˈyō-mən How to pronounce yeoman (audio)
1
a
: a servant in a royal or noble household
b
: a naval petty officer who works as a clerk
2
: a small landowning farmer

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