yeoman

A yeoman was a farmer who owned and worked his own land — not to be confused with "yo, man!"

Although experts aren't entirely sure of the origin of yeoman, they speculate that it is a shortened version of young man. Yeoman is now just a historic term and it is unlikely to be used to describe a landowning farmer today. There are modern uses for the word, however, including in the U.S. Navy, the Royal Navy, a Yeoman of the Guard, and similar military terms.

Primary Meanings of yeoman

1.
n
a free man who cultivates his own land
2.
n
officer in the (ceremonial) bodyguard of the British monarch
Full Definitions of yeoman
1

n a free man who cultivates his own land

Type of:
freeholder
the owner of a freehold
2

n officer in the (ceremonial) bodyguard of the British monarch

Synonyms:
beefeater, yeoman of the guard
Type of:
bodyguard, escort
someone who escorts and protects a prominent person

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