An example of a yeoman is a butler in an old British mystery novel.
Origin of yeoman
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Middle English yoman, yeman, from Old English *gÄ“aman (compare Old Frisian gÄman (“villager"), Middle Dutch goymann "˜arbiter'), compound of gÄ“, gÄ“a "˜district, region' (in Ã¦lgÄ“, SÅ«thrigÄ“a), from Proto-Germanic *gawi (compare West Frisian gea, goa, Dutch gouw, German Gau), and mann "˜man'. More at man.