[ sur-vuh nt ]
/ ˈsɜr vənt /


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 forms

serv·ant·less, adjectiveserv·ant·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for servant


/ (ˈsɜːvənt) /


a person employed to work for another, esp one who performs household duties

Derived Forms

servant-like, adjective

Word Origin for servant

C13: via Old French, from servant serving, from servir to serve
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