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Definition of "yeoman" []

  • An attendant, servant, or lesser official in a royal or noble household. (noun)
  • A yeoman of the guard. (noun)
  • A petty officer performing chiefly clerical duties in the U.S. Navy. (noun)
  • An assistant or other subordinate, as of a sheriff. (noun)
  • A diligent, dependable worker. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "yeoman" in a sentence
  • "Goodman Mascall, Goodman Cockswet, etc., and in matters of law these and the like are called thus, _Giles Jewd, yeoman; Edward Mountford, yeoman; James Cocke, yeoman; Harry Butcher, yeoman_, etc.; by which addition they are exempt from the vulgar and common sorts."
  • "The plain Anglo-Saxon yeoman strain which was really the basis of his nature now asserted itself in the growing conservatism of ideas which marked the last forty years of his life."
  • "The word yeoman was under stood in the old English sense of the small independent farmers."