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[air-muh n] /ˈɛər mən/
noun, plural airmen.
an aviator.
U.S. Air Force. an enlisted person of one of the three lowest ranks (airman basic, airman, airman first class)
a member of a military aircrew.
(in other countries) an enlisted person in the air force.
Origin of airman
1870-75, for an earlier sense; air1 + -man, on the model of seaman Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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


noun (pl) -men
an aviator, esp a man who serves in his country's air force
Derived Forms
airwoman, noun:feminine
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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