- 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.
yeoman definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English yeman, probably contr. ; from yengman, yung man, literally , young man
yeoman definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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 U.S. 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: Middle English yoman, perhaps from Old English *gēaman, from Old Frisian gāman, villager : gā, region, district + man, man; see man-1 in Indo-European roots.