[min-yuh n]


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

Examples from the Web for minion

Contemporary Examples of minion

  • Pranab Mukherjee, a minion brought in primarily to help speed up bank loans to Sanjay, is currently the president of India.

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    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.

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    Hillary's Power Grab

    Tara McKelvey

    January 14, 2011

Historical Examples of minion

  • 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.


    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?


    Edward Bulwer Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for minion



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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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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