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serviceman

[sur-vis-man, -muh n]
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noun, plural serv·ice·men [sur-vis-men, -muh n] /ˈsɜr vɪsˌmɛn, -mən/.
  1. a member of the armed forces of a country.
  2. a person whose occupation is to maintain or repair equipment: a television serviceman.
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Origin of serviceman

First recorded in 1920–25; service1 + man1

Usage note

See -man.
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Examples from the Web for serviceman

Historical Examples

  • Hello, Larry, she said as the Secret Serviceman joined her at their table.

    A Place in the Sun

    C.H. Thames

  • It began to smoke and the serviceman began to shuck tools from his box.

    Cue for Quiet

    Thomas L. Sherred

  • The time of service was limited to five years if the serviceman so demanded.

  • The serviceman had come out and collected it, clucking in dismay at the mess the extinguisher had left.

    Cue for Quiet

    Thomas L. Sherred

  • The natives use them as food, and I learned of one serviceman who had worked out a technique for trapping the birds.


British Dictionary definitions for serviceman

serviceman

noun plural -men
  1. Also called (feminine): servicewoman a person who serves in the armed services of a country
  2. a man employed to service and maintain equipment
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Word Origin and History for serviceman

n.

1899, from service (n.) + man (n.).

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