What does yeoman mean?

Definitions for yeomanˈyoʊ mən

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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


  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

  5. Origin: [OE. yoman, eman, oman; of uncertain origin; perhaps the first, syllable is akin to OFries. g district, region, G. gau, OHG. gewi, gouwi, Goth. gawi. 100.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Yeoman

    yō′man, n. in early English history, a common menial attendant, but after the fifteenth century, one of a class of small freeholders, forming the next grade below gentlemen: a man of small estate, any small farmer or countryman above the grade of labourer: an officer of the royal household: a member of the yeomanry cavalry: (Shak.) a journeyman, assistant: a gentleman in a royal or noble household, ranking between a sergeant and a groom.—adj. Yeo′manly, of yeoman's rank: humble and honest.—adv. staunchly, bravely.—n. Yeo′manry, the collective body of yeomen or smaller freeholders: a cavalry volunteer force in Great Britain, formed during the wars of the French Revolution, its organisation by counties, under the lords-lieutenant, raised and drilled locally, the men providing their own horses and uniform.—Yeomen of the guard, a veteran company of picked soldiers, employed in conjunction with the gentlemen-at-arms on grand occasions as the sovereign's bodyguard—constituted a corps in 1485 by Henry VII., and still wearing the costume of that period; Yeoman's service, powerful aid, such as came from the yeomen in the English armies of early times. [M. E. yoman, yemen, doubtless from an A.S. gáman, not found, but seen in Old Frisian gāman, villager—, a village (Ger. gau, district), man, man.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of yeoman in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of yeoman in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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