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minion

[min-yuh n] /ˈmɪn yən/
noun
1.
a servile follower or subordinate of a person in power.
2.
a favored or highly regarded person.
3.
a minor official.
4.
Printing. a 7-point type.
adjective
5.
dainty; elegant; trim; pretty.
Origin
1490-1500
1490-1500; < Middle French mignon, for Old French mignot dainty < ?
Can be confused
minion, minyan.
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  • Any globe-trotting minion of the new economy will tell you that, upon jet-lagged arrival, the first thing they look for is a cab.
  • Her minion said she wouldn't be hatching on the red carpet.
British Dictionary definitions for minion

minion

/ˈmɪnjən/
noun
1.
a favourite or dependant, esp a servile or fawning one
2.
a servile agent: the minister's minions
3.
a size of printer's type, approximately equal to 7 point
adjective
4.
dainty, pretty, or elegant
Word Origin
C16: from French mignon, from Old French mignot, of Gaulish origin
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Word Origin and History for minion
n.

c.1500, "a favorite; a darling; a low dependant; one who pleases rather than benefits" [Johnson], from Middle French mignon "a favorite, darling" (n.), also a term of (probably homosexual) abuse;" as an adjective, "dainty, pleasing, favorite," from Old French mignot "pretty, attractive, dainty, gracious, affectionate," perhaps of Celtic origin (cf. Old Irish min "tender, soft"), or from Old High German minnja, minna "love, memory" (see mind (n.)). Used 16c.-17c. without disparaging overtones.

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