servant

[ sur-vuh nt ]
/ ˈsɜr vənt /

noun

a person employed by another, especially to perform domestic duties.
a person in the service of another.
a person employed by the government: a public servant.

Origin of servant

1175–1225; Middle English < Old French, noun use of present participle of servir to serve; see -ant
Related formsserv·ant·less, adjectiveserv·ant·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for servant

servant

/ (ˈsɜːvənt) /

noun

a person employed to work for another, esp one who performs household duties
Derived Formsservant-like, adjective

Word Origin for servant

C13: via Old French, from servant serving, from servir to serve
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Word Origin and History for servant

servant


n.

c.1200, "personal or domestic attendant," from Old French servant "servant; foot-soldier," noun use of servant "serving, waiting," present participle of servir "to attend, wait upon" (see serve (v.)).

Meaning "professed lover, one devoted to the service of a lady" is from mid-14c. In North American colonies and U.S., the usual designation for "slave" 17c.-18c. (in 14c.-15c. and later in Biblical translations the word often was used to render Latin servus, Greek doulos "slave"). Public servant is attested from 1670s.

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