Yeoman meaning

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A diligent, dependable worker.
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A farmer who cultivates his own land, especially a member of a former class of small freeholders in England.
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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.

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A petty officer performing chiefly clerical duties in the US Navy.
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An assistant or other subordinate, as of a sheriff.
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An official providing honorable service in a royal or high noble household, ranking between a squire and a page.
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(historical) A former class of small freeholders who farm their own land; a commoner of good standing.
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A petty officer trained to perform clerical and secretarial duties.
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Of or characteristic of yeomen.
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A Yeoman Warder.
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A clerk in the US navy, and US Coast Guard.
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(nautical) In a vessel of war, the person in charge of the storeroom.
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A member of the Yeomanry Cavalry officially chartered in 1794 originating around the 1760s.
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A member of the Imperial Yeomanry officially created in 1890s and renamed in 1907.
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Origin of yeoman

  • Middle English yeman, yoman perhaps contraction of yong man young man (yong young young) (man man man) or from Old English gēaman (from or akin to Old Frisian gāman villager) ( region, district) (man man man-1 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English yoman, yeman, from Old English *gÄ“aman (compare Old Frisian gāman (“villager"), Middle Dutch goymann "˜arbiter'), compound of gÄ“, gÄ“a "˜district, region' (in ælgÄ“, SÅ«thrigÄ“a), from Proto-Germanic *gawi (compare West Frisian gea, goa, Dutch gouw, German Gau), and mann "˜man'. More at man.

    From Wiktionary