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airman

[air-muh n] /ˈɛər mən/
noun, plural airmen.
1.
an aviator.
2.
U.S. Air Force. an enlisted person of one of the three lowest ranks (airman basic, airman, airman first class)
3.
a member of a military aircrew.
4.
(in other countries) an enlisted person in the air force.
Origin of airman
1870-1875
1870-75, for an earlier sense; air1 + -man, on the model of seaman
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  • The lark, the eagle, the airman, have all to come to earth again.

    The Heart of Nature Francis Younghusband
  • The best that the airman can do is to repeat, “We're here, and we look at it like blind men.”

    High Adventure James Norman Hall
  • Some proud Boche airman is wearing an iron cross on my account.

    High Adventure James Norman Hall
  • The airman goes out to seek his enemy: he must be full of initiative.

    The War in the Air; Vol. 1 Walter Raleigh.
  • If there is one task which an airman dislikes more than any other, it is report-writing.

    Tam O' The Scoots Edgar Wallace
  • "It's Captain Devereux, the great French airman," was the reply.

    A Patriotic Schoolgirl Angela Brazil
  • We of course thought the airman or his plane had been disabled.

  • There are many lessons like that which the airman who is new at the game must master.

    The Romance of Aircraft Lawrence Yard Smith
British Dictionary definitions for airman

airman

/ˈɛəmən/
noun (pl) -men
1.
an aviator, esp a man who serves in his country's air force
Derived Forms
airwoman, noun:feminine
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