[ 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for minion


/ (ˈmɪnjən) /


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 for minion

C16: from French mignon, from Old French mignot, of Gaulish origin
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