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noun Roman Catholic Church.
  1. a member of an order of mendicant friars, founded in Florence in 1233, engaged in fostering devotion to the Virgin Mary.
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Origin of Servite

From the Medieval Latin word Servītēs, dating back to 1540–50. See serve, -ite1
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Historical Examples

  • Born in 1513, he entered the Servite order in the cloister of the Annunziata.

    Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature

    John Addington Symonds

  • The money was a thank-offering from a woman for having been absolved from a vow by one of the Servite priests.

  • He died before this work was completed, of hydropsy, and was buried in the Servite Church.

  • Meantime the Servite brothers of the Annunziata were growing impatient for the completion of their altar-piece.

  • Pretending to be repentant and charitable, he sent poisoned bread and wine to the Servite monastery.