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

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Recent Examples on the Web But in its early years, the almanac – which has been continuously published since 1792 – also ennobled the independent yeoman farmer. Barbara Spindel, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 July 2021 The Red Sox took a 4-2 lead, but wound up squandering it along with a yeoman’s start by Garrett Richards (5 innings, 5 hits, 2 runs), when the A’s rallied to tie it, 4-4, in the eighth., 4 July 2021 The federal government's yeoman efforts to shore up the single-family mortgage market during the pandemic also bolstered the housing market and home prices. Mark Zandi For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 29 June 2021 The 5-foot-8, 215-pound tailback did the yeoman’s work in a nearly seven-minute touchdown drive in the third quarter, carrying the ball eight times — including five straight — for 49 yards and the 1-yard touchdown. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Oct. 2020 Elfert was an engineering yeoman, serving below deck. Sharon Edwards,, 14 Sep. 2020 The yeoman’s work of Daniel Dale, and others like him, remains appreciated. Washington Post, 29 Aug. 2020 Auction house Henry Aldridge & Son explains that the telegrams are sold via a descendant of Harold Benson Key, the yeoman of signals onboard Royal Navy destroyer HMS Cossack, which participated in the pursuit and destruction of Bismarck. Fox News, 14 Aug. 2020 Michael O’Rielly has done yeoman work as a member of the Federal Communications Commission, but this week the White House abruptly pulled his renomination for another five-year term. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 4 Aug. 2020

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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 1 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of yeoman

: an officer in the U.S. Navy who works as a clerk
: a farmer in the past who owned a small amount of land


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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