[ air-muhn ]

noun,plural air·men.
  1. an aviator.

  2. U.S. Air Force. an enlisted person of one of the three lowest ranks (airman basic, airman, airman first class ).Abbreviation: Amn

  1. a member of a military aircrew.

  2. (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. 2023

How to use airman in a sentence

  • Roond an' roond ain another the dauntless airmen caircled, the noo above, the noo below the ither.

    Tam O' The Scoots | Edgar Wallace
  • Stability was of prime importance and the airmen of a few years ago labored desperately to attain it.

    The Romance of Aircraft | Lawrence Yard Smith
  • This was the machine in which the two famous German airmen, Immelmann and Boelke performed some of their most daring exploits.

    The Romance of Aircraft | Lawrence Yard Smith
  • Its general construction did not entirely meet with the approval of expert airmen who looked it over.

    The Romance of Aircraft | Lawrence Yard Smith
  • Our airmen showed the most dauntless courage, and they continually outwitted and outmaneuvered the slower thinking Hun.

    The Romance of Aircraft | Lawrence Yard Smith

British Dictionary definitions for airman


/ (ˈɛəmən) /

nounplural -men
  1. an aviator, esp a man who serves in his country's air force

Derived forms of airman

  • airwoman, fem n

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