- The definition of a yeoman is an attendant, servant or assistant in England or a petty officer in the U.S. Navy.
An example of a yeoman is a butler in an old British mystery novel.
- Historical, Brit.
- an attendant or manservant in a royal or noble household
- an assistant or subordinate, as to a sheriff
- a freeholder of a class below the gentry, who worked his own land
- a person who owns and cultivates a relatively small tract of land
- yeoman of the (royal) guard
- a member of the yeomanry (sense )
- U.S. Navy a petty officer assigned to clerical duty
Origin of yeomanMiddle English yeman, probably contr. ; from yengman, yung man, literally , young man
- a. An attendant, servant, or lesser official in a royal or noble household.b. A yeoman of the guard.
- A petty officer performing chiefly clerical duties in the US Navy.
- An assistant or other subordinate, as of a sheriff.
- A diligent, dependable worker.
- A farmer who cultivates his own land, especially a member of a former class of small freeholders in England.
Origin of yeomanMiddle English yeman, yoman, perhaps contraction of yong man, young man (yong, young; see young + man, man; see man), or from Old English *gēaman (from or akin to Old Frisian gāman, villager : gā, region, district + man, man; see man-1 in Indo-European roots).
- An official providing honorable service in a royal or high noble household, ranking between a squire and a page.
- (historical) A former class of small freeholders who farm their own land; a commoner of good standing.
- A subordinate, deputy, aide, or assistant.
- A Yeoman Warder.
- A clerk in the US navy, and US Coast Guard.
- (nautical) In a vessel of war, the person in charge of the storeroom.
- A member of the Yeomanry Cavalry officially chartered in 1794 originating around the 1760s.
- A member of the Imperial Yeomanry officially created in 1890s and renamed in 1907.
Middle English yoman, yeman, from Old English *gēaman (compare Old Frisian gāman (“villager”), Middle Dutch goymann ‘arbiter’), compound of gē, gēa ‘district, region’ (in ælgē, Sūthrigēa), from Proto-Germanic *gawi (compare West Frisian gea, goa, Dutch gouw, German Gau), and mann ‘man’. More at man.