Yeoman Definition

yōmən
yeomen
noun
yeomen
An attendant or manservant in a royal or noble household.
Webster's New World
A yeoman of the guard.
American Heritage
An assistant or subordinate, as to a sheriff.
Webster's New World
A person who owns and cultivates a relatively small tract of land.
Webster's New World
A freeholder of a class below the gentry, who worked his own land.
Webster's New World
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adjective
Of or characteristic of yeomen.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Yeoman

Noun

Singular:
yeoman
Plural:
yeomen

Origin of Yeoman

  • 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

  • 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

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