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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But Sesay has done yeoman work in earning the trust of the girls, enabling her to recount their experiences with rare empathy. Julia M. Klein,, "A new book goes inside Boko Haram’s abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls," 8 July 2019 The postwar depression wreaked economic havoc among New England’s yeoman farmers. Thomas Wendel, National Review, "The Beginning of a Nation," 4 July 2019 There’s no viable alternative, outside of relying on Cousins to be the yeoman (a dangerous proposition). Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: The 3 things the Warriors must do to force a Game 7," 12 June 2019 That’s a reference to Niels Bohr’s 1913 model of the simplest atom, which did yeoman’s work in explaining spectral measurements and anchoring the early field of quantum mechanics, in spite of the model’s loose fit with reality. Quanta Magazine, "What’s the Magic Behind Graphene’s ‘Magic’ Angle?," 28 May 2019 England loves soccer and stout yeomen played a rough version of the game on Sundays in the 1300s. John Kass,, "Joy of Chicago's Croatians cresting as World Cup final with France approaches," 13 July 2018 The farmhouse was built sometime between 1786 and 1806 by Samuel Fowler, a Dorchester yeoman, on a 330-acre plot. Marek Mazurek,, "Seeds of the past grow into farm of the future," 6 July 2018 Yeoman's work Tyler Republican state Rep. Matt Schaefer, who heads the Texas Freedom Caucus, said Stickland's bill last session was yeoman's work. Anna M. Tinsley, star-telegram, "Texas is new target for constitutional carry — the unlicensed carry of handguns — in 2019," 15 June 2018 Midfielders Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams did yeoman's work in applying support for the five defenders behind them, and while France whipped in 19 shots, only a handful of them required Steffen to exert himself. Avi Creditor,, "USMNT Closes Camp, Awkward Period With Nice Lasting Impression vs. France," 9 June 2018

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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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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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