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[men-sur-vuh nts] /ˈmɛnˌsɜr vənts/
plural of manservant.


[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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  • Who would rob a great house like this, full of menservants?'

    What Will He Do With It, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • And they—and they killed Hector and Claudio and Apollonio and the other menservants.

  • "I merely met one of the menservants who had also seen the intruders," I replied.

    It Pays to Smile Nina Wilcox Putnam
  • Perhaps we are not afraid of menservants if we look out at them from the cradle.

    And Even Now Max Beerbohm
  • And she is very rich; for Manasses left her gold and silver and menservants and maid-servants and cattle and lands.

    Judith Arnold Bennett
  • Before very long we shall train an army of menservants, and send the women to the devil.'

    The Whirlpool George Gissing
  • And he will take your menservants and your maidservants, and your goodliest oxen, and your asses, and put them to his work.

  • Perhaps we are not afraid of menservants if we looked out at them from the cradle.

  • The staff of servants had been increased at her suggestion and under her directions, and the menservants were put into livery.

    The Fourth Estate, vol. 2 Armando Palacio Valds
  • Behind him stood the aide-de-camp, the doctors, and the menservants; the men and women had separated as in church.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
British Dictionary definitions for menservants


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 menservants



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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