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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Yeoman (A)
was anciently a forty-shilling freeholder, and as such qualified to vote, and serve on juries. In more modern times it meant a farmer who cultivated his own freehold. Later still, an upper farmer, tenant or otherwise, is often called a yeoman.   1
        “His family were yeomen of the richer class, who for some generations had held property.”—R. C. Jebb: Richard Bentley, chap. i. p. 2.

 Ye’men.Yeoman’s Service. 


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