Meaning of yeoman

yeo•man

Pronunciation: (yō'mun), [key]
— n., pl. adj. -men,
—n.
  1. a petty officer in a navy, having chiefly clerical duties in the U.S. Navy.
  2. a farmer who cultivates his own land.
  3. one of a class of lesser freeholders, below the gentry, who cultivated their own land, early admitted in England to political rights.
    1. a servant, attendant, or subordinate official in a royal or other great household.
    2. a subordinate or assistant, as of a sheriff or other official or in a craft or trade.
—adj.
  1. of, pertaining to, composed of, or characteristic of yeomen: the yeoman class.
  2. performed or rendered in a loyal, valiant, useful, or workmanlike manner, esp. in situations that involve a great deal of effort or labor: He did a yeoman job on the problem.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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