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[air-muh n] /ˈɛər mən/
noun, plural airmen.
an aviator.
U.S. Air Force. an enlisted person of one of the three lowest ranks (airman basic, airman, airman first class)
a member of a military aircrew.
(in other countries) an enlisted person in the air force.
Origin of airman
1870-75, for an earlier sense; air1 + -man, on the model of seaman Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There are many lessons like that which the airman who is new at the game must master.

    The Romance of Aircraft Lawrence Yard Smith
  • The best that the airman can do is to repeat, “We're here, and we look at it like blind men.”

    High Adventure James Norman Hall
  • Walter Severne the airman had said that her wedding had taken place on the same day with his own.

    Where the Path Breaks Charles de Crspigny
  • The airman handed his helmet to the girl and proceeded to unbutton his coat.

    The Blower of Bubbles Arthur Beverley Baxter
  • What appeared to be cavalry was seen to be retreating along the country road, and the airman returned hurriedly to report.

    Aeroplanes and Dirigibles of War Frederick A. Talbot
  • The airman glanced at his wrist-watch; it was half-past nine.

    The Blower of Bubbles Arthur Beverley Baxter
  • The Taube manœuvred over the German guns, and our airman followed, despite the unfriendly greeting of the landlubbers below.

  • It would have been a novelty to down an English airman from the ground.

    The Red Battle Flyer Capt. Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen
British Dictionary definitions for airman


noun (pl) -men
an aviator, esp a man who serves in his country's air force
Derived Forms
airwoman, noun:feminine
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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