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public servant

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noun
  1. 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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Examples from the Web for public servant

Historical Examples

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