yeoman

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n yeoman in former times was free and cultivated his own land
    • n yeoman officer in the (ceremonial) bodyguard of the British monarch
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Yeoman A common man, or one of the commonly of the first or most respectable class; a freeholder; a man free born.
    • Yeoman A servant; a retainer. "A yeman hadde he and servants no mo."
    • Yeoman A yeoman of the guard; also, a member of the yeomanry cavalry.
    • Yeoman (Naut) An interior officer under the boatswain, gunner, or carpenters, charged with the stowage, account, and distribution of the stores.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n yeoman A retainer; a guard.
    • n yeoman A gentleman attendant in a royal or noble household, ranking between a sergeant and a groom: as, yeoman for the month, a butler; yeoman of the crown; yeoman usher: applied also to attendants of lower grade: as, yeoman feuterer (seefeuterer); yeoman of the chamber; yeoman of the wardrobe. See also phrase yeoman of the guard, below.
    • n yeoman One holding a subordinate position, as an attendant or assistant, journeyman, etc.
    • n yeoman In old English law, one having free land of forty shillings by the year (previously five nobles), who was thereby qualified to serve on juries, vote for knights of the shire, and do any other act for which the law required one who was “probus et legalis homo” (Blackstone, Com., I. xii.); hence, in recent English use, one owning (and usually himself cultivating) a small landed property; a freeholder.
    • n yeoman In the United States navy, an appointed petty officer who has charge of the stores in his department. The ship's yeoman has charge of the boatswains', carpenters', sailmakers' stores, etc., and the engineer's yeoman has charge of all stores in the engineer's department, while the paymaster's yeoman takes care of provisions, clothing, and small stores, and issues them as directed.
    • n yeoman A member of the yeomanry cavalry. See yeomanry, 4.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Yeoman yō′man in early English history, a common menial attendant, but after the fifteenth century, one of a class of small freeholders, forming the next grade below gentlemen: a man of small estate, any small farmer or countryman above the grade of labourer: an officer of the royal household: a member of the yeomanry cavalry:
    • adv Yeoman staunchly, bravely
    • n Yeoman yō′man (Shak.) a journeyman, assistant: a gentleman in a royal or noble household, ranking between a sergeant and a groom
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Idioms

Yeoman's service - (UK) To do yeoman's service is to serve in an exemplary manner.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. yoman, ȝeman, ȝoman,; of uncertain origin; perhaps the first, syllable is akin to OFries. , district, region, G. gau, OHG. gewi, gouwi, Goth. gawi,. √100
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. yoman, yemen, doubtless from an A.S. gáman, not found, but seen in Old Frisian gāman, villager—, a village (Ger. gau, district), man, man.

Usage

In literature:

The yeoman of the signals; a first-class petty officer in the navy.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The will was proved of Thomas Arden, of Hampton Turvill, Highworth, Wilts, yeoman, February 3, 1621.
"Shakespeare's Family" by Mrs. C. C. Stopes
For at least a century these were in the possession of a yeoman family in the neighbourhood of Wortley village.
"The Dukeries" by R. Murray Gilchrist
It was never the custom for a yeoman to pay for a Knight.
"The Book of Romance" by Various
So I took Courage, and bade Despair go Swing for a dried Yeoman Sprat as he is.
"The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 2 of 3" by George Augustus Sala
At seven or thereabouts shall come the Lady Katharine to her room; with her shall come the King's Highness, habited as a yeoman.
"Privy Seal" by Ford Madox Ford
Or are the gaudy hue of my hair and the yeoman proportions of my shape responsible for the idea?
"The Orchard of Tears" by Sax Rohmer
The yeoman's instinct revolts at it.
"The Toilers of the Field" by Richard Jefferies
The fool says no, the madman is the yeoman who has allowed his son to become a gentleman.
"Tolstoy on Shakespeare" by Leo Tolstoy
The eyes belonged to a yeoman-farmer's daughter: and young Molesworth lost his fish, but returned next day, and again day after day, to try for him.
"Merry-Garden and Other Stories" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Old Edward Stone, yeoman.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
A better-coffee-making committee, under the direction of Edward Aborn of New York, rendered yeoman's service to the cause.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
Not a Soldier or Yeoman was so much as slightly wounded!
"An Impartial Narrative of the Most Important Engagements Which Took Place Between His Majesty's Forces and the Rebels, During the Irish Rebellion, 1798." by John Jones
He was what we may call a yeoman, that most wholesome and natural of all classes.
"Pioneers of Science" by Oliver Lodge
Tell me now, were you a yeoman and made a knight by force?
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
The Knight and Squire with the Squire's Yeoman lead the Procession, as Chaucer has also placed them first in his Prologue.
"English Critical Essays" by Various
He learned that Roberval had taken a number of his men back to Picardy with him, and was there doing yeoman service for King Francis.
"Marguerite De Roberval" by T. G. Marquis
No man had such long credit as the yeoman of yore (thirty years ago is 'of yore' in our century).
"The Hills and the Vale" by Richard Jefferies
Old Alexander and Malcolm seemed surprised that a response was expected, Malcolm being but a simple yeoman.
"A Prince of Good Fellows" by Robert Barr
You turn to still another farm, whose owner brings the learning of a college as well as the muscles of a yeoman to the culture of the soil.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 81, July, 1864" by Various
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In poetry:

It fell about the edge of dark,
Between the sun and moon,
The yeoman's son came home again
With the mire upon his shoon —
"The Yeoman's Son" by Cicely Fox Smith
"For yonder I heare Sir Guyes horne blow,
Itt blowes soe well in tyde,
For yonder comes that wighty yeoman,
Cladd in his capulll-hyde.
"Robin Hood And Guy Of Gisborne" by Anonymous British
Then, 'twas before my time, the Roman
At yonder heaving hill would stare;
The blood that warms an English yeoman,
The thoughts that hurt him, they were there.
"XXXI: Wenlock Edge" by A E Housman
What heroes from the woodland sprung,
When, through the fresh awakened land,
The thrilling cry of freedom rung,
And to the work of warfare strung
The yeoman's iron hand!
"Seventy-Six" by William Cullen Bryant
"Come now forth, Little John,
And hearken to my tale,
A better yeoman I know none,
To search a monk-es mail.
How much is in yonder other courser?" said Robin,
"The sooth must we see."
"Robin Hood" by Henry Morley
"He is a good yeoman," said the knight,
"Of him I have heard much good.
I grant," he said, "with you to wend,
My brethren all in-fere;
My purpose was to have dined to-day
At Blyth or Doncastere."
"Robin Hood" by Henry Morley

In news:

Curt Yeomans covers education for the Clayton News Daily.
Curt Yeomans covers government for the Clayton News Daily.
Photo by Mark Yeoman 2011.
Credit Photo of Stanley and Byron Encalade by Barry Yeoman.
JONESBORO — By Curt Yeomans.
Yeoman to get award.
Mark Yeoman of Elkhart will be honored with the 2012 Interscholastic Athletic Officials Association Award for excellence in volleyball at a special ceremony at the state finals Saturday in Muncie, Ind.
(Augustine) Yeoman , 92, passed away Easter Sunday April 8, 2012, at the Village at Waterman Lake in Smithfield.
She was the wife of the late Col. (Retired) David C Yeoman for 62 years.
Blake Griffin puts in yeoman 's work.
EPA Targets the Yeoman Server First for Energy Star.
Penn coach Cory Yeoman wants the ball in Oakley 's hands as much as possible.
Thinking of chocolate, tulips and obscene statues — Curt Yeomans.
ViewSonic has done a yeoman's job in the past two years in expanding its product line beyond its traditional LCD and projector displays, and last year even went so far as to win our desktop category of CRN's Products of the Year awards.
Yeomans was right, there were heavy meteor showers in subsequent years.
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In science:

Yeomans, Orbital ephemerides of the sun, moon, and planets, Explanatory Supplement to the Astronomical Almanac, P. K.
Experimental Tests of General Relativity
Wheeler S., Yeomans P. & Wheeler D. (2008) The Good, the Bad and the Wiki: Evaluating student generated content for collaborative learning.
In the Face (book) of Social Learning
Yeomans, Statistical Mechanics of Phase Transitions, Oxford Science Publications 1992.
A Collection of Exercises in Two-Dimensional Physics, Part 1
We thank Craig Johnston, Simon Jury, David McComb, Patrick Warren and Julia Yeomans for valuable discussions.
3D Spinodal Decomposition in the Inertial Regime
Tejeda-Yeomans, W.L. van Neerven, NLO corrections to differential cross sections for pseudo-scalar Higgs boson production, Phys.
Jet-veto in bottom-quark induced Higgs production at next-to-next-to-leading order
Tejeda-Yeomans, “The On-shell massless planar double box diagram with an irreducible numerator,” Nucl.
Three-mass triangle integrals and single-valued polylogarithms
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