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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).]
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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]
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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]
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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
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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
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yeoman

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

[ˈjəʊmən] n (-men (pl)) (Brit) (old) → piccolo proprietario terriero
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References in classic literature ?
"And thou," quoth the stranger, laughing, "takest thy cudgeling like a brave heart and a stout yeoman."
And the Queen had said, "Fain would I see this bold yeoman, and behold his skill at the long-bow." And the Queen had promised him amnesty if he and four of his archers would repair to London against the next tournament the week following, there to shoot against King Henry's picked men, of whom the King was right vain.
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.
``A woodsman's mark, and at woodsman's distance, I can hit,'' answered the yeoman.
He satisfied himself, however, with commanding the men-at-arms, who surrounded the lists, to keep an eye on the braggart, pointing to the yeoman.
``I shall not fly the trial,'' said the yeoman, with the composure which marked his whole deportment.
Ill betide the day that ever I took off my yeoman's jerkin to put on the white gown!"
"We are all freemen, and I trow that a yeoman's cudgel is as good as a forester's knife.
One noontide I was by Franklin Swinton's gate, when up he rides with a yeoman pricker at his heels.
He joked: "There's another Scott Kelly who's an astronaut but I always say in my tour he failed to become a Yeoman Warder."
Talking about his new employment, that will see him and his family live inside the fortress, Barry said: "Being the 410th Yeoman Warder at the Tower of London is a huge honour and I am chuffed to be here.
Comprising 38 lots, the medals will be sold in many cases with poignant photographs of the recipients in their distinctive Yeoman uniforms, together with, where possible, biographies and associated ephemera and memorabilia that adds immeasurable human interest and value.