[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. mining bee,
  2. mining eng.,
  3. mining engineering,
  4. mining geology,
  5. mininuke,
  6. minion of the law,
  7. minipark,
  8. minipig,
  9. minipill,
  10. minirecorder

Origin of minion

1490–1500; < Middle French mignon, for Old French mignot dainty < ?

Can be confusedminion minyan Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for minion

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

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper