[air-muh n]

noun, plural air·men.

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for airman

Contemporary Examples of airman

Historical Examples of airman

  • The lark, the eagle, the airman, have all to come to earth again.

    The Heart of Nature

    Francis Younghusband

  • Some proud Boche airman is wearing an iron cross on my account.

    High Adventure

    James Norman Hall

  • 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

  • The airman goes out to seek his enemy: he must be full of initiative.

  • If there is one task which an airman dislikes more than any other, it is report-writing.

    Tam O' The Scoots

    Edgar Wallace

British Dictionary definitions for airman


noun plural -men

an aviator, esp a man who serves in his country's air force
Derived Formsairwoman, fem n
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