Definitions for yeomanˈyoʊ mən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

yeo•manˈyoʊ mən(n.; adj.)(pl.)-men

  1. (n.)an enlisted person in the U.S. Navy whose duties are chiefly clerical.

    Category: Military

  2. Brit. a farmer who cultivates his own land.

    Category: British

  3. (formerly, in England) one of a class of lesser freeholders, below the gentry, who cultivated their own land. an attendant in a royal or other great household. an assistant, as of a sheriff or other official.

    Category: Western History

  4. (adj.)of or pertaining to yeomen.

    Category: Western History

  5. (esp. of an arduous task) performed in a loyal, valiant, or workmanlike manner.

Origin of yeoman:

1300–50; ME yeman, yoman, prob. reduced forms of yengman, yongman, yungman, with similar sense; see young , man

Princeton's WordNet

  1. yeoman, yeoman of the guard, beefeater(noun)

    officer in the (ceremonial) bodyguard of the British monarch

  2. yeoman(noun)

    in former times was free and cultivated his own land

Wiktionary

  1. yeoman(Noun)

    An official providing honorable service in a royal or high noble household, ranking between a squire and a page.

  2. yeoman(Noun)

    A former class of small freeholders who farm their own land; a commoner of good standing.

  3. yeoman(Noun)

    A subordinate, deputy, aide, or assistant.

  4. yeoman(Noun)

    A Yeoman Warder.

  5. yeoman(Noun)

    A clerk in the US navy, and US Coast Guard.

  6. yeoman(Noun)

    In a vessel of war, the person in charge of the storeroom.

  7. yeoman(Noun)

    A member of the Yeomanry Cavalry officially chartered in 1794 originating around the 1760s.

  8. yeoman(Noun)

    A member of the Imperial Yeomanry officially created in 1890s and renamed in 1907.

  9. Origin: yoman, yeman, from (compare Old Frisian gāman ‘villager’, Middle Dutch goymann ‘arbiter’), compound of ge, gea ‘district, region’ (in ælge, Suthrigea), from gawi (compare West Frisian gea, goa, Dutch gouw, German Gau), and mann ‘man’.\ More at man.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Yeoman(noun)

    a common man, or one of the commonly of the first or most respectable class; a freeholder; a man free born

  2. Yeoman(noun)

    a servant; a retainer

  3. Yeoman(noun)

    a yeoman of the guard; also, a member of the yeomanry cavalry

  4. Yeoman(noun)

    an interior officer under the boatswain, gunner, or carpenters, charged with the stowage, account, and distribution of the stores

Freebase

  1. Yeoman

    Yeoman refers chiefly to a free man owning his own farm, especially from the Elizabethan era to the 17th century. Work requiring a great deal of effort or labour, such as would be done by a yeoman farmer, came to be described as yeoman's work. Thus yeoman became associated with hard toil. Yeoman was also a rank or position in a noble household, with titles such as Yeoman of the Chamber, Yeoman of the Crown, Yeoman Usher, and King's Yeoman. Most of these, including the Yeomen of the Guard, had the duty of protecting the sovereign and other dignitaries as a bodyguard, and carrying out various duties for the sovereign as assigned to his office. In modern British usage, yeoman may specifically refer to ⁕a member of a reserve military unit called a yeomanry, similar to the militia, traditionally raised from moderately wealthy commoners in England and Wales, and today part of the Territorial Army; ⁕a member of the Yeomen of the Guard ⁕a member of the Yeomen Warders of the Tower of London ⁕a non-commissioned officer usually with the rank of staff sergeant or Warrant Officer Class 1 in the Royal Corps of Signals in the British Army, an appointment achieved upon completion of a 14-month technical course.

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