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English definition of “yeoman”

yeoman

noun [C]     /ˈjəʊ.mən/ US  /ˈjoʊ-/ (plural -men   /-mən/   )
in the past, a man who was not a servant and owned and cultivated (= grew crops on) an area of land Class and class-consciousness in generalWealthiness and wealthyPoverty and poorFarmers and farm workers
(Definition of yeoman noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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