Definition of ranksman in English:

ranksman

noun

  • 1Military. A member of the ranks; a rank and file soldier.

  • 2Scottish (chiefly Shetland). In plural: the crew of a fishing boat working together with another (or others). Also in singular: either of two boats working in this way.

Origin

Mid 19th century. From either the plural or the genitive of rank + man.

Pronunciation

ranksman

/ˈraŋksmən/