yeoman


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yeo·man

 (yō′mən)
n.
1.
a. An attendant, servant, or lesser official in a royal or noble household.
b. A yeoman of the guard.
2. A petty officer performing chiefly clerical duties in the US Navy.
3. An assistant or other subordinate, as of a sheriff.
4. A diligent, dependable worker.
5. A farmer who cultivates his own land, especially a member of a former class of small freeholders in England.

[Middle English yeman, yoman, perhaps contraction of yong man, young man (yong, young; see young + man, man; see man), or from Old English *gēaman (from or akin to Old Frisian gāman, villager : , region, district + man, man; see man- in Indo-European roots).]

yeoman

(ˈjəʊmən)
n, pl -men
1. (Historical Terms) history
a. a member of a class of small freeholders of common birth who cultivated their own land
b. an assistant or other subordinate to an official, such as a sheriff, or to a craftsman or trader
c. an attendant or lesser official in a royal or noble household
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Britain) another name for yeoman of the guard
3. (Historical Terms) (modifier) characteristic of or relating to a yeoman
4. (Military) a petty officer or noncommissioned officer in the Royal Navy or Marines in charge of signals
[C15: perhaps from yongman young man]

yeo•man

(ˈyoʊ mən)

n., pl. -men,
adj. n.
1. an enlisted person in the U.S. Navy whose duties are chiefly clerical.
2. Brit. a farmer who cultivates his own land.
3. (formerly, in England)
a. one of a class of lesser freeholders, below the gentry, who cultivated their own land.
b. an attendant in a royal or other great household.
c. an assistant, as of a sheriff or other official.
adj.
4. of or pertaining to yeomen.
5. (esp. of an arduous task) performed in a loyal, valiant, or workmanlike manner.
[1300–50; Middle English yeman, yoman, probably reduced forms of yengman, yongman, yungman, with similar sense; see young, man]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.yeoman - officer in the (ceremonial) bodyguard of the British monarchyeoman - officer in the (ceremonial) bodyguard of the British monarch
bodyguard, escort - someone who escorts and protects a prominent person
2.yeoman - in former times was free and cultivated his own land
freeholder - the owner of a freehold
Translations

yeoman

[ˈjəʊmən] N (yeomen (pl)) (Brit) (Hist)
1. (also yeoman farmer) → pequeño propietario m, terrateniente m rural
2. (Mil) → soldado m (voluntario) de caballería
yeoman of the guardalabardero m de la Casa Real
to give yeoman serviceprestar grandes servicios

yeoman

[ˈjəʊmən] n
Yeoman of the Guard → hallebardier m de la garde royale

yeoman

n pl <-men>
(Hist: = small landowner) → Freibauer m; yeoman farmer (Hist) → Freibauer m
Yeoman of the Guardköniglicher Leibgardist; to do yeoman servicetreue Dienste leisten (for sb jdm)

yeoman

[ˈjəʊmən] n (-men (pl)) (Brit) (old) → piccolo proprietario terriero
References in classic literature ?
One of these, a stout well-set yeoman, arrayed in Lincoln green, having twelve arrows stuck in his belt, with a baldric and badge of silver, and a bow of six feet length in his hand, turned short round, and while his countenance, which his constant exposure to weather had rendered brown as a hazel nut, grew darker with anger, he advised the Jew to remember that all the wealth he had acquired by sucking the blood of his miserable victims had but swelled him like a bloated spider, which might be overlooked while he kept in a comer, but would be crushed if it ventured into the light.
I descended so low, as to desire some English yeoman of the old stamp might be summoned to appear; once so famous for the simplicity of their manners, diet, and dress; for justice in their dealings; for their true spirit of liberty; for their valour, and love of their country.
List and hearken, gentlemen, That be of free-born blood, I shall you tell of a good yeoman, His name was Robin Hood.
How is the son of a British yeoman, who has been fed principally on salt pork and yeast dumplings, to know that there is satiety for the human stomach even in a paradise of glass jars full of sugared almonds and pink lozenges, and that the tedium of life can reach a pitch where plum-buns at discretion cease to offer the slightest excitement?
The expedients of the pioneers who first broke ground in the settlement of this country are succeeded by the permanent improvements of the yeoman who intends to leave his remains to moulder under the sod which he tills, or perhaps of the son, who, born in the land, piously wishes to linger around the grave of his father.
of a yeoman who held lands near the Baskerville estate.
Why doesn't somebody start a yeoman party in politics, appealing to the old traditions of the small landowner?
And thou," quoth the stranger, laughing, "takest thy cudgeling like a brave heart and a stout yeoman.
One noontide I was by Franklin Swinton's gate, when up he rides with a yeoman pricker at his heels.
Some there are, however, of this rank upon whom passion exercises its tyranny, and hurries them far beyond the bounds which decorum prescribes; of these the ladies are as much distinguished by their noble intrepidity, and a certain superior contempt of reputation, from the frail ones of meaner degree, as a virtuous woman of quality is by the elegance and delicacy of her sentiments from the honest wife of a yeoman and shopkeeper.
It breeds as quickly as the yeoman, and as soundly; strong is the temptation to acclaim it as a super-yeoman, who carries his country's virtue overseas.
A most worthy yeoman, of whom I have frequently heard my son Ned--darling fellow-- speak, and have often wished to see.