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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.
Contemporary Examples

We talk about four pillars of an airman in comprehensive airmen fitness.
U.S. Air Force: Swear to God—or Get Out Dave Majumdar September 7, 2014

My uncle, Wendell Grimke Freeland, my mother’s brother, is 83 years old and here at the Inauguration as a Tuskegee airman.
The Daily Beast D.C. Diary The Daily Beast January 18, 2009

Historical Examples

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.
Trooper Bluegum at the Dardanelles Oliver Hogue

It would have been a novelty to down an English airman from the ground.
The Red Battle Flyer Capt. Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen

noun (pl) -men
an aviator, esp a man who serves in his country’s air force


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