noun, plural yeo·men.
- a servant, attendant, or subordinate official in a royal or other great household.
- a subordinate or assistant, as of a sheriff or other official or in a craft or trade.
- yenisei ostyak,
- yeoman of the guard,
- yeoman's service,
Origin of yeoman
Examples from the Web for yeoman
The rise of the yeoman class in Britain was particularly critical in foreshadowing the evolution of America.
All this suggests what could be seen as the proletarianization of the yeoman class.
This low turnout is remarkable given how unfavorably Obama is viewed by much of the yeoman class.Off the Rails: How the Party of Lincoln Became the Party of Plutocrats|Joel Kotkin|November 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It is small, fits easily in a standard kitchen utility drawer, and does yeoman duty when called upon.
We have there no hint of the Canon nor of his Yeoman; they are two new pilgrims who join themselves to the rest upon the road.Chaucer's Works, Volume 3 (of 7)|Geoffrey Chaucer
Mrs. Yeoman, the housekeeper, was surprised not to see Captain Bruce; he was seldom away from Picton.Fast as the Wind|Nat Gould
Eo is found in yeoman, where it is sounded as o short; and in people, where it is pronounced like ee.A Grammar of the English Tongue|Samuel Johnson
D' y' mean to hint at conspiracy between a rear-admiral of the United States Navy and an enlisted man—a yeoman?Wide Courses|James Brendan Connolly
All the same he must have been a bit of a natural not to see it was a yeoman cap.Ulysses|James Joyce
noun plural -men
- a member of a class of small freeholders of common birth who cultivated their own land
- an assistant or other subordinate to an official, such as a sheriff, or to a craftsman or trader
- an attendant or lesser official in a royal or noble household
Word Origin for yeoman
c.1300, "attendant in a noble household," of unknown origin, perhaps a contraction of Old English iunge man "young man," or from an unrecorded Old English *geaman, equivalent of Old Frisian gaman "villager," from Old English -gea "district, village," cognate with Old Frisian ga, ge, from Proto-Germanic *gaujan.
Sense of "commoner who cultivates his land" is recorded from early 15c.; also the third order of fighting men (late 14c., below knights and squires, above knaves), hence yeomen's service "good, efficient service" (c.1600). Meaning "naval petty officer in charge of supplies" is first attested 1660s. Yeowoman first recorded 1852: "Then I am yeo-woman O the clumsy word!" [Tennyson, "The Foresters"]