[men-sur-vuh nts]


plural of manservant.


[man-sur-vuh nt]

noun, plural men·serv·ants.

a male servant, especially a valet.

Origin of manservant

First recorded in 1545–55; man1 + servant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for menservants

servant, man, steward, valet, squire, dresser, equerry

Examples from the Web for menservants

Historical Examples of menservants

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

  • 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.


    Arnold Bennett

British Dictionary definitions for menservants


noun plural menservants

a male servant, esp a valet
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Word Origin and History for menservants



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper