Definition of serviceman in US English:

serviceman

noun

  • 1A man serving in the armed forces.

    • ‘Here's a story of one American serviceman involved in the effort.’
    • ‘Vinson, the son of a retired Air Force serviceman, was able to draw from a rich set of life experiences, including time spent living overseas, and a strong educational background to become a scholar.’
    • ‘But he returned home a disgruntled 27-year-old serviceman, and became a leading voice in the protest group Vietnam Veterans Against the War.’
    • ‘Jukebox operators reported that often such tunes got little play - even less from servicemen seeking respite from camp life.’
    • ‘The appropriate social control secures the order of and framework for the activities of each serviceman, thus achieving the stability of the armed forces social structure.’
    • ‘Another U.S. serviceman died when he apparently fell out of a helicopter as it was fired on by a rocket-propelled grenade.’
    • ‘Wilson asked a tough but fair question; however, for any U.S. serviceman who's ever been to war, this was hardly surprising.’
    • ‘Harris, with whom Tedder clashed more than once, thought Tedder had one of the most brilliant minds of any serviceman.’
    • ‘In the darkest days of the siege of Malta (1941-3), to stir the hearts of the war-weary, groups of servicemen used to set up amateur radio performances of Henry V.’
    • ‘Four US Army troops, one US Air Force serviceman and a New Zealand officer died in Monday's incident.’
    • ‘If we talk about an integrated rear service, it should exist not only at the top but go down the entire command chain, reaching each individual serviceman, regardless of his departmental affiliation.’
    • ‘But the general logic of this process should be clear to one and all, since the funding of the military establishment affects every serviceman and every military pensioner.’
    • ‘The Australian Government is currently constructing a war memorial in London to commemorate those Australians who fought and died alongside British servicemen in the two world wars.’
    • ‘At the war's end the islands were among the most fortified places in the world, with one German serviceman for every three islanders.’
    • ‘As a result of the investigation, one Special Forces serviceman was charged with kicking a dead body.’
    • ‘Four decades later, it is revealing to compare her grief over suddenly losing her serviceman husband with Iris suddenly losing her mother.’
    • ‘Does she not realise when we remember our fallen heroes it's not just those from the two world wars but every single serviceman and woman who has fallen during active service since then?’
    • ‘After my tour, I served an additional four years as a National Guard serviceman in both the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army.’
    • ‘The contributions of African American servicemen during the Second World War have long gone unheralded by history.’
    • ‘He is a US serviceman on leave in London.’
    • ‘I personally regard the life of every serviceman and woman as special and very important.’
    • ‘The range of poets and of verses chosen is extremely wide and includes poetry written by servicemen, by survivors of the concentration camps, and by civilians who survived the war in London, Warsaw and Moscow.’
    • ‘Resident Tony, a former Royal Navy serviceman, said: ‘The new hostel is very good accommodation.’’
    • ‘He also discusses his experience with the attitudes of fellow servicemen in WWII, and all his arguments taken together are convincing.’
    • ‘With the United States entering the war in 1941, American servicemen began to be posted to England.’
    • ‘I did not see any reference to the oath of allegiance which servicemen and women take.’
    • ‘Still, he, another local World War II serviceman, the late Harry Fox, and their new wives were fêted by the Seward congregation with a joint wedding shower.’
    • ‘Under the military's strict disciplinary code, any serviceman or woman found to have taken drugs faces immediate discharge.’
    • ‘He believed every serviceman who survived the war came back a hero.’
    • ‘When Goody arrives, his gruff, dictatorial but tongue-in-cheek interplay with the young servicemen must be seen to be appreciated.’
    fighter, servicewoman, fighting man, fighting woman, comrade-in-arms, warrior, trooper
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  • 2A person providing maintenance on machinery, especially domestic machinery.

    • ‘At the information stall, it was raised that the machine servicemen were still working.’
    • ‘One of the ramp workers worked as a line serviceman for Signature Flight Support.’
    • ‘Eighty-five-year-old pensioner Lex Morris took exception to his treatment by an electricity line maintenance serviceman, but is galled to find there is no way to stop him entering his Glanmire Road property.’
    • ‘His servicemen are all carefully trained by DeLaval engineers and accredited to a very high standard.’

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