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[min-yuh n] /ˈmɪn yən/
a servile follower or subordinate of a person in power.
a favored or highly regarded person.
a minor official.
Printing. a 7-point type.
dainty; elegant; trim; pretty.
Origin of minion
1490-1500; < Middle French mignon, for Old French mignot dainty < ?
Can be confused
minion, minyan. Unabridged
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  • But here was a minion of Cynthia riding the country like Paul Revere.

    Dwellers in the Hills Melville Davisson Post
  • T will do no harm, and may—ay, this minion will sweep the Rock like a new broom.

    Standish of Standish

    Jane G. Austin
  • Enthroned on the dais, a minion at his feet, he was momentarily monarchial.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • I will have a garment reach to my taile; Then am I a minion, for I weare the new guise.

    The Romany Rye George Borrow
  • Am I not something more to thee, than the partner of joyous hours—the minion of love?

    Rienzi Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • Beshrew me if I drink the king's health, or that of his minion, Anne Boleyn!

    Windsor Castle William Harrison Ainsworth
  • Answer me frankly, minion—answer me, as you value your life!

    Windsor Castle William Harrison Ainsworth
  • When our minion regained consciousness we reviled her and cast her out.

    The Van Dwellers

    Albert Bigelow Paine
British Dictionary definitions for minion


a favourite or dependant, esp a servile or fawning one
a servile agent: the minister's minions
a size of printer's type, approximately equal to 7 point
dainty, pretty, or elegant
Word Origin
C16: from French mignon, from Old French mignot, of Gaulish origin
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Word Origin and History for minion

c.1500, "a favorite; a darling; a low dependant; one who pleases rather than benefits" [Johnson], from Middle French mignon "a favorite, darling" (n.), also a term of (probably homosexual) abuse;" as an adjective, "dainty, pleasing, favorite," from Old French mignot "pretty, attractive, dainty, gracious, affectionate," perhaps of Celtic origin (cf. Old Irish min "tender, soft"), or from Old High German minnja, minna "love, memory" (see mind (n.)). Used 16c.-17c. without disparaging overtones.

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