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
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With an unheralded yeoman’s role, Thompson is a significant part of Cleveland’s success.
A warm, intelligent yeoman’s guide to the progress of life.
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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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