air-man basic

airman

[air-muhn]
noun, plural airmen.
1.
an aviator.
2.
U.S. Air force. an enlisted person of one of the three lowest ranks (airman basic, airman, airman first class)
3.
a member of a military aircrew.
4.
(in other countries) an enlisted person in the air force.

Origin:
1870–75, for an earlier sense; air1 + -man, on the model of seaman

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airman (ˈɛəmən)
 
n , pl -men
an aviator, esp a man who serves in his country's air force
 
'airwoman
 
fem n

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