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[man-sur-vuh nt] /ˈmænˌsɜr vənt/
noun, plural menservants.
a male servant, especially a valet.
Origin of manservant
First recorded in 1545-55; man1 + servant Unabridged
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  • The manservant, with his plain black clothes and black tie, had entered the room with a deferential little gesture.

    Anna the Adventuress E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • The manservant and a driver were dragging portmanteaux into the room.

    A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
  • But on the first day of the New Year, as I was writing in my study, a manservant brought me a letter and a basket.

    Balthasar Anatole France
  • At that moment a manservant appeared in the doorway of the conservatory.

  • Send to the Angel for Mr. Pickwick's manservant, I implore you, ma'am.'

    The Pickwick Papers Charles Dickens
  • But for that, the manservant, Martin by name, last saw him in this room.

    Trent's Last Case E.C. (Edmund Clerihew) Bentley
  • The next morning a carriage came for Mr. Henry Moncrief, to which he was able to limp by the assistance of a manservant.

    The Hero of Garside School J. Harwood Panting
  • Danlon, as we may call him, had brought his manservant with him, like the Englishman he was.

    Through the Yukon Gold Diggings Josiah Edward Spurr
  • The porter touched the electric bell at the Sands' door, and almost instantly a manservant appeared.

    The Lion's Mouse C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for manservant


noun (pl) menservants
a male servant, esp a valet
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for manservant

also man-servant, 1550s, from man (n.) + servant.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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