- 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
Related Wordsslave, stooge, lackey, dependent, parasite, follower, groupie, puppet, flatterer, subordinate, toady, fan, hanger-on, flunky, doormat, backscratcher, bootlicker
Examples from the Web for minion
Pranab Mukherjee, a minion brought in primarily to help speed up bank loans to Sanjay, is currently the president of India.Hold Onto Your Penis
David Frum, Justin Green
November 29, 2012
Even worse, Rajiv Shah, the new head of USAID, is a Hillary “minion,” as one insider puts it, who has hardly put up a fight.Hillary's Power Grab
January 14, 2011
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
I will have a garment reach to my taile; Then am I a minion, for I weare the new guise.The Romany Rye
Am I not something more to thee, than the partner of joyous hours—the minion of love?Rienzi
Edward Bulwer Lytton
- a favourite or dependant, esp a servile or fawning one
- a servile agentthe minister's minions
- a size of printer's type, approximately equal to 7 point
- dainty, pretty, or elegant
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.