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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Yeoman  \Yeo"man\,  n.;  pl  {Yeomen}.  [OE.  yoman,  [yogh]eman, 
  [yogh]oman;  of  uncertain  origin;  perhaps  the  first  syllable 
  is  akin  to  OFries  g[=a]  district,  region,  G.  gau,  OHG.  gewi, 
  gouwi  Goth.  gawi.  [root]100.] 
  1.  A  common  man,  or  one  of  the  commonly  of  the  first  or  most 
  respectable  class;  a  freeholder;  a  man  free  born. 
  Note:  A  yeoman  in  England  is  considered  as  next  in  order  to 
  the  gentry.  The  word  is  little  used  in  the  United 
  States,  unless  as  a  title  in  law  proceedings  and 
  instruments,  designating  occupation,  and  this  only  in 
  particular  States. 
  2.  A  servant;  a  retainer.  [Obs.] 
  A  yeman  hadde  he  and  servants  no  mo  --Chaucer. 
  3.  A  yeoman  of  the  guard;  also  a  member  of  the  yeomanry 
  cavalry.  [Eng.] 
  4.  (Naut.)  An  interior  officer  under  the  boatswain,  gunner, 
  or  carpenters,  charged  with  the  stowage,  account,  and 
  distribution  of  the  stores. 
  {Yeoman  of  the  guard},  one  of  the  bodyguard  of  the  English 
  sovereign,  consisting  of  the  hundred  yeomen,  armed  with 
  partisans,  and  habited  in  the  costume  of  the  sixteenth 
  century.  They  are  members  of  the  royal  household. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  officer  in  the  (ceremonial)  bodyguard  of  the  British  monarch 
  [syn:  {yeoman  of  the  guard},  {beefeater}] 
  2:  in  former  times  was  free  and  cultivated  his  own  land 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
  Yeoman,  IN  (town,  FIPS  85886) 
  Location:  40.66712  N,  86.72343  W 
  Population  (1990):  131  (49  housing  units) 
  Area:  0.3  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 

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