yeoman

noun yeo·man \ ˈyō-mən \

Definition of yeoman

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

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Origin and Etymology of yeoman

Middle English yoman, yeman

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YEOMAN Defined for English Language Learners

yeoman

noun

Definition of yeoman for English Language Learners

  • : an officer in the U.S. Navy who works as a clerk

  • : a farmer in the past who owned a small amount of land


YEOMAN Defined for Kids

yeoman

noun yeo·man \ ˈyō-mən \

Definition of yeoman for Students

plural yeomen \-mən\
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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