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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English yoman, yeman, from Old English *ġēamann (compare Old Frisian gāman (villager), Middle Dutch goymann (arbiter)), compound of ġē, ġēa (district, region) (in ælġē, Sūþriġēa), from Proto-Germanic *gawją (compare West Frisian gea, goa, Dutch gouw, German Gau) + mann (man).[1][2]

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yeoman (plural yeomen)

  1. (Britain) An official providing honorable service in a royal or high noble household, ranking between a squire and a page. Especially, a Yeoman of the Guard, a member of a ceremonial bodyguard to the UK monarch (not to be confused with a Yeoman Warder).
  2. (US) A dependable, diligent, or loyal worker or someone who does a great service.
  3. (historical) A former class of small freeholders who farm their own land; a commoner of good standing.
  4. A subordinate, deputy, aide, or assistant.
  5. A Yeoman Warder.
  6. A clerk in the US Navy, and US Coast Guard.
  7. (nautical) In a vessel of war, the person in charge of the storeroom.
  8. A member of the Yeomanry Cavalry, officially chartered in 1794 originating around the 1760s.
  9. A member of the Imperial Yeomanry, officially created in 1890s and renamed in 1907.
  10. Any of various nymphalid butterflies of the genus Cirrochroa, of Asia and Australasia.

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  1. ^ Robert K. Barnhart, ed., Chambers Dictionary of Etymology, s.v. “yeoman” (Edinburgh: Chambers, [2008], c1988), 1253.
  2. ^ American Heritage Dictionary, 4th edn., s.v. “yeoman”.

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yeoman m (plural yeomans)

  1. yeoman

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