public servant


noun

a person holding a government office or job by election or appointment; person in public service.

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Origin of public servant

First recorded in 1670–80
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Example sentences from the Web for public servant

  • Office-holder is more honest, more picturesque, more thoroughly Anglo-Saxon that public-servant.

    The American Language|Henry L. Mencken

British Dictionary definitions for public servant

public servant

noun

an elected or appointed holder of a public office
Australian and NZ a member of the public serviceBritish equivalent: civil servant
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