Definition of yeoman
2a : a person who owns and cultivates a small farm; specifically : one belonging to a class of English freeholders below the gentryb : 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
Recent Examples of yeoman from the Web
Those two tunnels, feeding the massive, arching diffuser, do yeoman’s work of sucking the car to the road, obviating the need for large wings on the car’s topside.
Through most of American history, whites without a college education -- from Thomas Jefferson's yeoman farmer to Henry Ford's assembly line worker --- constituted a majority of the US population.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been doing yeoman’s work in trying to move a rewrite of ObamaCare, which includes a tax cut of roughly $700 billion.
And as the power-hitting first baseman pointed out Friday, his absence was relatively painless for the Miami Marlins due to the yeoman’s fill-in job by Tyler Moore.
But Pfau, who, until 2016 was KPMG’s vice chair in charge of human resources, did yeoman’s work in managing to connect his company’s auditors, accountants, and advisers to their higher purpose.
Amazon has done a yeoman’s job communicating the power of voice computing by getting Alexa into new products--like a recent Westinghouse TV and a router from Linkys, as well as continually introducing new extensions.
With an unheralded yeoman’s role, Thompson is a significant part of Cleveland’s success.
Another player who did yeoman work in 2016 was Zach Ennis, all-league at running back and linebacker.
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Origin and Etymology of yeoman
Middle English yoman, yeman
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
YEOMAN Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of yeoman for Students
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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